OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of ‚Äúbbb-‚ÄĚ of Mountain Life Insurance Company (Mountain Life) (Lexington, KY).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Mountain Life‚Äôs balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The revised outlooks to stable from negative reflect the continued progress regarding the integration of Mountain Life into the Kentucky National Insurance Group (Kentucky National). At this time, AM Best‚Äôs concern over execution risk leading to a deterioration in Mountain Life‚Äôs ratings has been reduced based on discussions with the new management team and Mountain Life‚Äôs results since the time of the transaction close in early 2018. AM Best has held discussions with the new management team related to business plans, strategy, and the integration of Mountain Life into the Kentucky National organization. Mountain Life‚Äôs ratings continue to be supported by solid risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best‚Äôs Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and its strong liquidity afforded by the company‚Äôs conservative investment portfolio. Offsetting factors include Mountain Life‚Äôs modest overall earnings and declining premium trends, and its concentrated business profile in the credit insurance arena. AM Best will continue to monitor Kentucky National‚Äôs business plan for Mountain Life and the company‚Äôs ability to carry out its stated plans and projections.
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