A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of a of the property/casualty (P/C) subsidiaries of United Fire Group, Inc. (UFG) [NASDAQ: UFCS] (collectively known as United Fire & Casualty Group), which operate under an inter-company pooling agreement led by United Fire & Casualty Company. Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of bbb of UFG. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable. All companies are headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings.)
The ratings reflect United Fire & Casualty Groups balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The ratings also reflect the groups solid risk-adjusted capitalization, diversified product offerings, historically favorable core reserve levels, long-standing agency relationships, solid regional franchise and the financial flexibility afforded by UFG. These positive rating factors are offset partially by the variability in United Fire & Casualty Groups underwriting and operating results in recent years, driven in part by its exposure to catastrophe and weather-related losses, and the continued challenging market conditions in the groups core markets. The Long-Term ICR of UFG recognizes the capital strength of its subsidiaries and that it has no outstanding debt.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of a have been affirmed with stable outlooks for United Fire & Casualty Company and its following P/C subsidiaries:
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- Lafayette Insurance Company
- Addison Insurance Company
- United Fire & Indemnity Company
- United Fire Lloyds
- Mercer Insurance Company
- Financial Pacific Insurance Company
- Mercer Insurance Company of New Jersey, Inc.
- Franklin Insurance Company
- UFG Specialty Insurance Company
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