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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Members of Standard Insurance Group and Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Members of Standard Insurance Group and Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” of Standard Insurance Company (Portland, OR) and its affiliate, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York (White Plains, NY), together referred to as the Standard Insurance Group (The Standard). Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” and the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “bbb+” on the outstanding $250 million 5% senior unsecured notes, due 2022, of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (StanCorp Financial) (Portland, OR), the intermediate holding company of The Standard.

Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited (Pacific Guardian) (Honolulu, HI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The Standard and Pacific Guardian are the U.S. insurance subsidiaries of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (Meiji Yasuda).

The ratings of The Standard reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The Standard’s risk-adjusted capital has shown incremental increases over the past two years based on favorable operating results. Dividends to the parent have been lower than historical levels, which has contributed to the capital appreciation. Approximately one-third of The Standard’s invested assets are held in commercial mortgage loans with a concentration of loans on the West Coast. The portfolio is currently performing well as The Standard is the direct underwriter of the loans and has strong underwriting capabilities based on its long history as a loan originator. However, commercial mortgage loan performance overall is under pressure due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in retail and hospitality

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa-” of Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited (TMPI) (Guam). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative.

The ratings reflect TMPI’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also acknowledge the wide range of implicit and explicit support that TMPI receives from its parent, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (TMNF).

TMPI’s risk-adjusted capitalisation remains at the strongest level in 2019, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The balance sheet strength assessment also is underpinned by the company’s high quality assets and a conservative investment strategy. Its net underwriting leverage remains relatively high; however, the group accident and health (A&H) business, which accounts for more than 90% of TMPI’s underwriting portfolio, is considered to have low potential for volatility in general.

Notwithstanding a historical track record of positive and stable operating performance supported by the limited volatility and low expense structure of the group A&H line, TMPI reported a large net loss in 2019, mainly driven by the deteriorated profitability in its key business account, the Guam government’s health plan (GovGuam). Although the GovGuam account was not renewed for the 2020/2021 term, the continued negative rating outlooks reflect persistent pressure on TMPI’s operating performance assessment, as its premium base will remain at a significantly lower level following the plan’s non-renewal, which will subject its bottom line to greater vulnerability in large claim cases. In addition, the company faces an increasing expense burden from regulatory A&H industry fee payments in 2020 and tax obligations following the expiry of its corporate tax exemption in April 2019. Various initiatives to

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