AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb” of ACMAT Corporation (ACMAT) (Farmington, CT) [OTC Market: ACMT]. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” of ACMAT’s wholly owned subsidiary, ACSTAR Insurance Company (ACSTAR) (Chicago, IL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect ACSTAR’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The ratings consider ACSTAR’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), management’s extensive knowledge and experience in its niche specialty within the surety sector, coupled with a disciplined underwriting philosophy. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is a decrease in net premiums written over several of the past five years due to highly competitive market conditions, which led to narrowed underwriting results in those years.
The stable outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation that ACSTAR’s risk-adjusted capitalization will remain supportive and that its operating results will remain profitable in the near term.
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