AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) of StarStone Specialty Insurance Company and StarStone National Insurance Company, both headquartered in Cincinnati, OH and subsidiaries of Core Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc. (Core Specialty). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is positive. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) of Lancer Insurance Company and Lancer Insurance Company of New Jersey, both headquartered in Long Beach, NY and collectively referred to as Lancer Insurance Group, a division of Core Specialty. The outlook of these ratings is stable.
The ratings of Core Specialty reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The ratings of Lancer Insurance Group reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate ERM.
The rating affirmations follow another solid year of operations for Core Specialty on a consolidated basis. The group continues to produce strong underwriting results through periods of significant growth. As Lancer Insurance Group has become further assimilated within Core Specialty’s operations, additional smaller acquisitions have acted to continue to diversify earnings streams. Core Specialty’s acquisition of Hallmark Financial’s excess & surplus (E&S) lines business has further substantiated its market presence in this space. While Core Specialty’s business profile continues to improve, AM Best’s assessment remains at the limited level until further seasoning occurs, although it should be noted that no operational deficiencies have occurred despite recent acquisitions.
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