AM Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J., October 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to "a" (Excellent) from "a-" (Excellent) of ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company (ALPS) (Missoula, MT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings reflect ALPS’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The rating upgrades reflect a revision in ALPS’ business profile assessment to neutral from limited. Although concentrated in providing legal professional liability insurance for smaller-sized law firms, the company’s book of business is well-diversified geographically. In addition, management has devoted significant resources toward developing sophisticated pricing and data analytics capabilities, including its risk management algorithm and straight-through processing applications. These resources enable ALPS to manage and price risks effectively while maintaining a scalable expense structure, contributing toward profitable growth. Through these efforts, the company is leveraging technology to improve overall operating results and the customer experience.

AM Best expects ALPS’ balance sheet strength to remain very strong, supported by the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The company’s adequate operating performance has benefited from management’s strategic initiatives focused on rate adequacy and prudent reserving philosophy. AM Best considers ALPS’ ERM framework and risk management capabilities appropriate for its risk profile.

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