AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “bbb+” (Good) of National Farm Life Insurance Company (National Farm Life) (Fort Worth, TX).
These Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect National Farm Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).
The positive outlooks reflect AM Best’s view and expectation that the improvements in National Farm Life’s ERM and risk-mitigation capabilities over the past few years are sustainable and could lead to a higher ERM assessment. The company’s ERM program has been formally adopted and includes a framework incorporating appropriate procedures to identify, manage and mitigate risks for effective risk management. Risks are identified and scored on matrixes and include mitigation strategies for medium to high risks. Subcommittees are used for program structure and appropriate approval lines. Documentation is updated quarterly, and the program has top-down support from the company’s Board of Directors.
National Farm Life’s balance sheet strength is supported by risk-adjusted capitalization at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), its conservative investment portfolio and a good credit quality of assets. The company’s adequate operating performance reflects decreasing overall earnings but low volatility in top and bottom-line results. The company’s limited business profile reflects its significant geographic concentration in Texas and limited market position.
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