AM Best Revises Outlooks to Stable for Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company

·3 min read

OLDWICK, N.J., May 25, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "bbb" (Good) of Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) (South Burlington, VT).

These Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect CATIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The revised outlooks to stable from negative are driven by the company’s five-year average operating returns, as well as improved underwriting expenses and combine ratios. The low interest rate environment has prompted a steep acceleration resulting in home purchase activity and home appreciation beginning the second quarter of 2020. This environment supported the improvement in CATIC’s operating performance evidenced since 2020.

CATIC’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is at the strong level. The company’s surplus growth is consistent in each of the past three years. AM Best is concerned with CATIC’s expansion plans and the risk that aggressive growth potentially could have on the balance sheet. The company’s operating performance has improved in recent years and remains profitable; however, still lags the industry in operating performance. The limited business profile reflects the concentration that CATIC has as a mono-line title insurer with concentration in the New England region. AM Best views CATIC’s ERM as appropriate as it continues to formalize the underlying risk management components.

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 use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Performance Assessments, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

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.

Copyright © 2022 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220525005940/en/

Contacts

Kourtnie Beckwith
Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5124
kourtnie.beckwith@ambest.com

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

Fred Eslami
Associate Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5406
fred.eslalmi@ambest.com

Jeff Mango
Managing Director,
Strategy & Communications
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5204
jeffrey.mango@ambest.com

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting