Press Release - MAY 22, 2015
A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of the Members of the Ally Insurance Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - MAY 22, 2015
The ratings reflect Ally Insurance's strong risk-adjusted capitalization, historically solid operating results and well-established market presence as a specialized underwriter of motor vehicle service contracts (VSC). Ally Insurance's positive rating factors are somewhat constrained by the credit profile of its ultimate parent, Ally Financial Inc. (Ally Financial), albeit improving, and to a lesser extent a deterioration in its underwriting performance given an increase in weather-related losses and higher than average expense structure.
Ally's positive rating attributes are derived from management's focused operating strategy, extensive product knowledge and established track record of solid earnings generated from its long-term VSC business. The group has consistently generated capital through operating earnings reflective of disciplined underwriting and a steady stream of investment income and realized gains. The group also benefits from its parent's commitment to maintain its risk-adjusted capital at a level consistent with its rating.
A.M. Best believes Ally's ratings and outlook are well-positioned at their current rating levels. Factors that may lead to positive rating actions include improved underwriting performance that outperforms peers over time and continued improvement in Ally Financial's published credit ratings. Factors that could lead to negative rating actions include operating performance falling short of A.M. Best's expectations, an erosion of surplus that causes a decline in risk-adjusted capital to a level no longer supporting current ratings or a deterioration in Ally Financial's credit profile, including any negative rating actions on its published credit ratings.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best's Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best's rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best's Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology .
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