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A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bbb+” from “bbb” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of Trans-Oceanic Life Insurance Company (TOLIC) (Guaynabo, PR). The outlook for the FSR is stable. The outlook for the ICR has been revised to stable from positive.
The upgrade to the ICR reflects TOLIC’s trend of stable and profitable operating results, maintenance of favorable risk-adjusted capitalization and increased profitable net premiums written. The ratings also consider TOLIC’s favorable market position in the individual accident and health line in Puerto Rico.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the company’s significant reliance on the individual accident and health business for profitability, inherent risks associated with this core line of business and the overall weak state of the Puerto Rican economy. Although the company maintains a considerable concentration in its accident and health segment, A.M. Best notes that TOLIC has managed this line of business effectively and exhibited stable and profitable results.
A.M. Best believes TOLIC’s ratings are well-positioned at the current rating level. Factors that could lead to potential negative rating actions include a significant decrease in the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization, operating losses or considerably weaker results in its core health segment or further product concentration.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
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