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AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Hurst Home Insurance Company, Inc.

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 Hurst Home Insurance Company, Inc. (HHIC) (Lexington, KY).

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect HHIC’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 (ERM).

The negative outlooks reflect the volatility in the company’s operating performance over the past two years. In addition, HHIC experienced a material deterioration in operating results in 2023, reporting its largest underwriting loss in the past five years. Management has implemented a series of underwriting actions to fortify the company’s operating performance including rate increases and stricter underwriting guidelines. The effectiveness of these actions remains to be seen. A continuation of adverse operating results could result in a lowering of the company’s operating performance assessment.

HHIC’s balance sheet strength remains at the very strong level, based on risk-adjusted capitalization at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), conservative loss reserve leverage measures, low underwriting leverage, prudent investment portfolio, strong liquidity measures and a comprehensive reinsurance program with highly rated partners.

The limited business profile reflects its product and geographic risk concentrations as a writer of primarily property insurance in Kentucky. HHIC’s ERM capabilities align with its modest risk profile.

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