A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to a- from bbb+ of National Telcom Corporation (NTC) (Burlington, VT). The outlooks of these Credit Ratings (ratings) have been revised to stable from positive.
The ratings reflect NTCs 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.
NTC is a captive insurance company that reinsures two fronting insurers Great American Insurance Company and Rural Trust Insurance Company and financially assumes a portion of each loss from the National Telecommunications Cooperative Associations insured members. NTC has a niche expertise as a provider of insurance products to rural, independent telephone companies throughout the United States. NTC helps telecommunication businesses manage financial risk by providing industry specific insurance and risk management solutions.
The rating upgrades reflect the continuation of NTCs improved operating and underwriting results in recent years, driven by improved underwriting expense management. In addition, NTC has reduced its dependence on third-party fronting agreements through the investment in an affiliated start-up company, Rural Trust Insurance Company (RTIC). Conversely, the growth of RTIC has resulted in higher premium levels and underwriting leverage ratios. However, NTCs risk-adjusted capitalization continues to support the higher premium levels and underwriting results have not displayed any material deterioration.
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