ALDUICK, NJ, July 14, 2022—(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of ‘a’ (Excellent) of the members of Crum & Forster Insurance Group (C&F). Simultaneously, AM Best affirmed Monitor Life Insurance Company of New York (Monitor Life) (New York, New York) with FSR of A (Excellent) and Long-Term ICR of ‘a’ (Excellent). The outlook for these credit ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed list of companies.)
C&F’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). The ratings also reflect the benefits the group derives from its role in the larger Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) entity.
Monitor Life’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM, as well as the financial support and strategic importance to its parent, United States Fire Insurance Company, part by C&F.
C&F’s rating confirmations reflect the continued stabilization of the group’s underwriting and operational performance over recent years. This improvement resulted from the expansion of the group’s Accident and Health (A&H) business, as well as excess and specialty, which led to strong underlying results for the group. Although initial expansion efforts put pressure on C&F’s risk-adjusted capitalization, the impact was mitigated by capital contributions from parent Fairfax. As the business was rigged, performance increased to surplus and allowed C&F to pay dividends to Fairfax in late 2021 and the first quarter of 2022.
Monitor Life’s operating results remain close to profitability as the company produces modest amounts of direct written business. Growth is expected in the near future as the company builds scale. Monitor Life currently has a limited portfolio of A&H Group products licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia, with plans to license the remaining two states and expand its product portfolio. In addition, the products will be distributed through C&F’s nationwide distribution network. Monitor Life’s ERM program is coordinated by the parent organization.
FSRs of A (Excellent) and Long-Term ICRs of ‘a’ (Excellent) have been affirmed with a stable outlook for the following Crum & Forster Insurance Group members:
Crum & Forster Indemnity Company
Crum and Forster Insurance Company
North River Insurance Company
Fire Insurance Company of the United States
Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company
First Mercury Insurance Company
American Underwriters Insurance Company
Seneca Insurance Company, Inc.
Crum & Forster SPC
Seneca Specialty Insurance Company
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