OLDWICK, N.J., January 27, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” (Good) of St. Charles Insurance Company Risk Retention Group (St. Charles) (Charleston, SC). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has withdrawn these ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in AM Best’s interactive rating process.
The ratings reflect St. Charles’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, very limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
St. Charles’ surplus size and insurance capacity were significantly reduced in 2021, due to a stockholder dividend that was paid to the parent. This came on the heels of management’s decision to discontinue writing new contract liability business in the risk retention group and place its existing policies into runoff.
The stable rating outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation that the company will maintain solid risk-adjusted capitalization with adequate operating results, which are supported by modest levels of net investment income as the company operates through the runoff of its remaining service contract liabilities.
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