OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings
(Long-Term ICR) to “bbb+” from “bbb” and affirmed the Financial Strength
Rating of B++ (Good) of the members of Fire Districts Insurance Group
(FDIG). FDIG consists of Fire Districts of New York Mutual Insurance
Company, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries, FDM Preferred Insurance
Company, Inc. and Fire Districts Insurance Company, Inc. (all domiciled
in Pearl River, NY). The outlook of the Credit Ratings (ratings) remains
The ratings reflect FDIG’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best
categorizes as strong, as well as its strong operating performance,
limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The Long-Term ICRs of FDIG were upgraded based on the group’s
significant improvement in operating earnings and increase in
policyholders’ surplus in the most-recent five-year period, and the
group’s ability in AM Best’s view to sustain this performance over time.
In 2018, better-than-average operating earnings led to a significantly
improved balance sheet. AM Best believes that management’s effective use
of deviated rate plans and improved safety procedures are key components
to the group’s dramatically improved results over the last two years. As
a result, FDIG’s return on equity and revenue measures outperform its
peers on a five-year basis.
The ratings also take into consideration the group’s high level of
reinsurance dependence and its limited business profile, as FDIG’s sole
line of business is providing workers’ compensation coverage to
volunteer firefighters in New York. As a single-state, monoline insurer,
FDIG is subject to regulatory and legislative pressures, as well as to
the high cost of operating in the state. FDIG benefits from its
long-standing, local market presence and expertise in the narrow market
that it has served since its formation in 1978.
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