AM Best Places Credit Ratings of ECM Insurance Group Members Under Review with Negative Implications

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OLDWICK, N.J., August 18, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of "a" (Excellent) of Everett Cash Mutual Insurance Company (Everett Cash Mutual) and 1st Choice Advantage Insurance Company, Inc., which are the members of ECM Insurance Group (ECM). Concurrently, AM Best has placed under review with developing implications the FSR of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of "bbb+" (Good) of Ever-Greene Mutual Insurance Company (Ever-Greene), an affiliate of Everett Cash Mutual. All companies are domiciled in Everett, PA.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) of ECM have been placed under review with negative implications following the recent announcement that Everett Cash Mutual has acquired the renewal rights of American Reliable Insurance Company. This transaction also includes a stock purchase agreement, subject to regulatory approval, and is expected to close before the end of the first quarter of 2023. This rating action further reflects the significant amount of execution risk surrounding ECM’s robust growth initiatives and expanded geographic footprint.

The ratings of Ever-Greene have been placed under review with developing implications based on the strategic importance that Ever-Greene provides to the organization’s overall business strategy and management’s plan for additional net premium at Ever-Greene via a quota share reinsurance agreement with Everett Cash Mutual.

The ratings will remain under review until management executes the intended action plans and AM Best evaluates the full impact of these developments on the overall organization.

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