AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for KW Specialty Insurance Company

June 16, 2021 2:58 PM EDT

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OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AM Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of KW Specialty Insurance Company (KW Specialty) (Wilmington, DE).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect KW Specialty’s 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.

The negative outlooks reflect the pressure on KW Specialty’s operating performance as management continues to experience worse-than-expected underwriting and operating results since inception. While much of the formerly underperforming business has been terminated, management’s ability to execute on its new business plans for 2021 becomes critical in stabilizing the ratings going forward. KW Specialty maintains the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR).

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Edward Zonenberg
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5135
edward.zonenberg@ambest.com

Jieqiu Fan
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5372
jieqiu.fan@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Communications
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com

Source: AM Best



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