AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “aa-” of Central States Indemnity Co. of Omaha (CSI), and its subsidiary, CSI Life Insurance Company (CSI Life). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are domiciled in Omaha, NE.
The ratings reflect CSI and CSI Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Additionally, CSI and CSI Life benefit from very conservative underwriting leverage, as well as the implicit support from its ultimate parent, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) (NYSE:BRK). CSI is a specialty insurance company that provides credit card credit insurance and has fronting agreements with multiple insurers.
These positive rating factors are offset by CSI’s elevated common stock leverage, new business strain and near-term execution risk. CSI currently writes, on a gross basis, more non-credit insurance premiums compared with its long-standing credit insurance business.
The rating affirmations of CSI Life reflect its synergies with CSI. The ratings also reflect the strong risk-adjusted capitalization and the explicit support provided by its parent, CSI, as well as the implicit support from its ultimate parent, Berkshire. Offsetting rating factors include CSI Life’s limited business profile and lack of product diversification.
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