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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Members of GEICO

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 settembre 2019

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A++ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aaa” for the members of Government Employees Group (GEICO) (Chevy Chase, MD). The ratings of GEICO reflect the group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).The ratings also reflect GEICO’s robust capitalization, consistent track record of operating profitability, brand name recognition and pre-eminent national market position in the personal automobile insurance segment. GEICO’s solid operating results reflect a considerable underwriting expense advantage, driven by its direct distribution business model. In addition, the group continues to produce generally favorable loss experience while benefiting from a steady stream of investment income, and capital gains in its investment portfolio given the favorable performance of equity markets in most years. As a result, GEICO’s substantial capital growth over the most recent five-year period has comfortably supported the steady growth in premiums.
These positive rating factors are offset partially by GEICO’s high investment leverage derived from its significant allocation of invested assets to unaffiliated equities, which could lead to fluctuations in its risk-adjusted capitalization due to market swings or potential stock market downturns. In addition, GEICO maintains a modest geographic concentration that exposes it to legislative changes and judicial decisions, as its top five states account for slightly more than half of its direct premiums written. However, this risk is mitigated largely by GEICO’s geographic spread throughout the United States and management’s proven ability to quickly adapt to changing market conditions. The ratings also reflect GEICO Marine’s supportive risk-adjusted capitalization, historical ocean marine specialty niche expertise and the explicit support provided by NICO, in the form of significant quota share reinsurance coverage, and for which GEICO Marine receives rating enhancement. Additionally, the ratings recognize the implicit commitment provided by Berkshire.

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