OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “aa-” (Superior) of Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha (CSI), and its subsidiary, CSI Life Insurance Company (CSI Life). The outlook of the Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are domiciled in Omaha, NE.
The ratings reflect CSI and CSI Life’s balance sheet strengths, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as their adequate operating performances, limited business profiles and appropriate enterprise risk managements.
Additionally, CSI and CSI Life benefit from their very conservative underwriting leverages, strong liquidity positions and the implicit support from their ultimate parent, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) [NYSE: BRK A and BRK B]. CSI is a specialty insurance company, which provides credit card credit insurance and has fronting agreements with multiple insurers, in the aerospace and agricultural lines of business in several states.
These positive rating factors are offset by CSI’s elevated common stock leverage. CSI currently writes more non-credit insurance premiums on a gross basis compared with its long-standing credit insurance business. The vast majority of gross premiums written are related to long-term fronting arrangements.
The rating affirmations of CSI Life reflect its synergies with CSI. The ratings also reflect CSI Life’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and the explicit support provided by CSI, as well as the implicit support from Berkshire. Offsetting rating factors include CSI Life’s limited business profile and lack of product diversification.
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