AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company
OLDWICK, N.J., November 9, 2021—AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “a” (Excellent) from “a-” (Excellent) of Kansas Mutual Insurance Company (KMIC) (Topeka, KS). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.
The ratings reflect KMIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile, and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The rating upgrades reflect improvements in operating performance in recent years due to management’s focus on underwriting discipline, rate adjustments, and deductibles coupled with favorable weather-related loss experience in Kansas. As a result, the company’s combined and operating ratios significantly outperform the personal property composite. Underwriting success has driven profitability for the company, leading to a double-digit increase in policyholder surplus in each of the past five years. AM Best expects its operating performance to remain favorable over the near term and continue to bolster its balance sheet strength. The company’s business profile is limited due to the product offerings as a single-state property insurer with a geographic concentration in catastrophe-prone areas. KMIC also benefits from an appropriate ERM program that supports its risk profile and a comprehensive reinsurance program.
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