A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and
affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of C+ (Marginal) and the
Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “b-” of Country-Wide Insurance
Company (Country-Wide) (New York, NY).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Country-Wide’s balance sheet
strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as weak, as well as its marginal
operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise
The revision of the outlooks reflects the improved operating performance
as a result of underwriting initiatives taken by management to address
rate and reserve adequacy. In addition, Country-Wide’s expense ratio has
improved after changes were made to the commission structure. These
changes have shown some improvement to the operating ratio in 2017 and
through the first six months of 2018.
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