Press Release - DECEMBER 21, 2017
A.M. Best Revises Outlooks to Stable for Oregon Dental Service; Affirms Credit Ratings of Moda Health Plan, Inc.
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OLDWICK - DECEMBER 21, 2017
The ratings of ODS reflect its balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as weak, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The revision of the outlook to stable reflects the improvement in earnings and the capital support.
The balance sheet strength of ODS has been negatively impacted by the material capital strain at its subsidiary, Moda Health. The consolidated group has sold certain assets and secured additional capital in the form of surplus notes from external sources to support Moda Health. As a result of the capital needs, the organization is highly leveraged.
The ratings of Moda Health reflect its balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very weak, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. Moda Health’s balance sheet weakness is attributed to the high leverage from surplus notes and decreased levels of absolute capital balances driven by losses in prior years, in addition to the non-admittance of the risk corridor receivables. The company has limited financial flexibility and its risk-adjusted capitalization measures are low.
Offsetting rating factors for Moda Health include its strategic role within the ODS organization and the capital support from ODS. Moda Health’s operations provide ODS with business diversification beyond its dental business. The operating performance of Moda Health has improved and near-term results have shown favorable earnings trends, which has been driven by rate increases, better contracting rates with its provider community and exit from the unprofitable individual segment in Alaska.
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