AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bbb+” from “bbb” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of Farmers Fire Insurance Company (Farmers) (York, PA).The outlook for the Long-Term ICR has been revised to stable from positive while the outlook for the FSR is stable.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Farmers’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The upgrade of the Long-Term ICR reflects Farmers improved operating performance and return on equity measures that compare favorably with the five-year averages of the personal property composite. The improved operating profitability is primarily due to positive five-year underwriting performance that has resulted from several initiatives by Farmers to improve its book of business through implementation of its new policy management platform and agency management, as well as pricing actions to re-underwrite its book of business.
The stable outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation that Farmers will maintain its very strong balance sheet strength with continued positive operating profitability with moderate volatility over the near to medium term.
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