AM Best has placed under review with developing implications the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Monitor Life Insurance Company of New York (Monitor Life) (Utica, NY).
This Credit Rating (ratings) action follows Monitor Life’s acquisition by United States Fire Insurance Company (US Fire), a member of Crum & Forster Insurance Group (C&F), from AmFirst Holdings, Inc. AM Best will conduct discussions with new management to evaluate Monitor Life’s role within the new ownership structure, including the business strategy, the integration plan and any implicit or explicit support provided by US Fire or C&F.
AM Best expects that Monitor Life will reinsure all run-off business and hedge existing reserves via a portfolio risk transfer, and subsequently offer accident & health products utilizing the existing distribution of Monitor Life and US Fire.
These ratings will remain under review until AM Best has evaluated the business plan and the extent of the integration of Monitor Life with the C&F.
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