AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of "a" of Protective Insurance Company (PIC) and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sagamore Insurance Company (Sagamore) and Protective Specialty Insurance Company (Protective Specialty). These companies collectively are referred to as Protective Insurance Corporation Group. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of "bbb" of Protective Insurance Corporation, the organization’s publicly traded ultimate parent [NASDAQ: PTVCA, PTVCB]. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. All companies are domiciled in Carmel, IN.
The ratings reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The negative outlook was placed on the group in November 2018 when it reported consecutive years of underwriting losses and adverse reserve development. The new management team has taken remedial actions, including the implementation of significant rate increases, re-underwriting the book of business and exiting unprofitable segments. The group’s operating results have since stabilized and its loss and combined ratios are on a trajectory of gradual improvement. The continuation of the negative outlook reflects the challenges the group continues to face to return to a level of profitability similar to its peers in a sector with continuing rising loss cost trends, and the time it will take to establish a consistent trend line due to the long-tailed nature of its products. AM Best expects management to continue to implement its strategy of improving its underwriting and reserving, while strengthening its ERM capabilities.
The group’s balance sheet strength is assessed as very strong based on its strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, robust liquidity and a supportive reinsurance program that has protected the group against significant losses, partially offset by lingering concerns of the strength of its loss reserves. The aggregate stop loss treaty, which had provided significant benefits in the past was non-renewed in 2020 but continues to provide the group with protection for prior accident years. Nevertheless, AM Best expects the reduced benefits from the non-renewal of the treaty to be offset gradually by better earnings prospects in the near future and continue to support the balance sheet strength at the very strong level.
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