Press Release - MAY 09, 2016

A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings of Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation


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 Dan Hofmeister
Financial Analyst
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Joseph Burtone
Assistant Vice President
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MAY 09, 2016
A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb+” of Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC) (Montgomery, AL). The outlook for each rating has been revised to stable from positive.

The ratings upgrade reflects AMIC’s improved risk-adjusted capitalization, its favorable operating results and low underwriting leverage. AMIC’s five-year average pre-tax and total returns on revenue and equity compare favorably to the commercial casualty composite. These results are primarily due to company’s consistent net underwriting income and steady stream of investment income over the past five years. In addition, the company’s combined and operating ratios have outperformed the composite on a five-year basis. The profits from these operations have resulted in organic surplus growth, which, in turn, reduced underwriting leverage ratios and increased overall risk-adjusted capitalization.

These positive rating factors are partially offset by AMIC’s geographic concentration of risk. As a single state writer, AMIC remains exposed to catastrophic event risk, as well as regulatory, economic and judicial issues.

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011022 Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation