NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has assigned an insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) of A- with a stable outlook to Kingstone Insurance Company (KICO). Additionally, KBRA has assigned an issuer rating of BBB- with a stable outlook to KICO’s publicly-traded parent, Kingstone Companies, Inc. (KINS) (NASDAQ:KINS). KICO is a New York-domiciled multi-line regional property/casualty insurer headquartered in Kingston, New York.
The assigned ratings reflect the organization’s favorable underwriting results, experienced management team, sound capitalization, and comprehensive reinsurance program. KICO continues to report strong operating trends, with no adverse development the last few years and combined ratios that consistently outperform the property/casualty industry. The company’s favorable performance has been achieved through prudent underwriting practices, detailed claim reviews and proactive risk management. KICO’s seasoned management team brings extensive knowledge of the downstate New York market – New York City, Long Island and Westchester County – as well as niche product lines, pricing and underwriting. Moreover, the organization has successfully grown surplus organically and has a proven track record of accessing the capital markets, most recently in early 2017.
Balancing these strengths are KICO’s moderate premium leverage, geographic risk concentration, reliance on reinsurance and moderate premium growth. A substantial portion of KICO’s property exposure is concentrated on Long Island and New York City. However, this risk is significantly mitigated by its high-quality and comprehensive reinsurance program. This was evident in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy losses were reduced to a level that allowed KICO to generate an underwriting profit. KICO’s moderate premium leverage and top-line growth are also substantially offset by KINS’ recent capital contribution into KICO as well as KICO’s reasonable growth and geographic expansion plans.
The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Insurer & Insurance Holding Company Rating Methodology published on April 21, 2016.
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