AM Best Downgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Revises Under Review Status to Developing Implications
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 21, 2022--
AM Best has downgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb” (Good) from “bbb+” (Good) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) of Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance Company (Gulf Guaranty Life) (Flowood, MS). AM Best has maintained the under review status of these Credit Ratings (ratings), while revising the implications status to developing from negative.
The ratings reflect Gulf Guaranty Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as adequate, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The Long-Term ICR downgrade is attributed to a deterioration in the company’s absolute and risk-adjusted capital in 2021, driven by rapid premium growth in its core limited benefit medical product and a material reserve increase for this product. While the run out of 2021 claims has been favorable compared with the reserves, the rapid premium growth in 2022 put further pressure on the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization. In addition, the absolute capital was negatively impacted by $2.3 million of unrealized losses on the equity portfolio, as of Sept. 30, 2022.
Gulf Guaranty Life’s management intends to bolster its absolute capital through a sale of the real estate assets by 2022 year-end. In addition, the performance of the business remains sound with profitability in line or better compared with historical levels. As a result, AM Best expects the company’s year-end 2022 risk-adjusted capitalization to improve; however, it will remain below expectation for the rating level.
To better align future premium and capital growth, the company plans to moderate its premium expansion in 2023 through non-renewal of certain accounts. Furthermore, the planned reduction in management fees paid to the company’s administrative affiliate for 2023 should result in significant improvement of profitability, capital accumulation and a subsequent strengthening of risk-adjusted capitalization. The under review with developing implications status of these ratings reflects uncertainty regarding the fulfillment of the aforementioned initiatives to support the trend of improving risk-adjusted capitalization.
AM Best will continue discussions with management to monitor the status of their capital replenishment plan and the company’s balance sheet position.
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