AM Best Downgrades Credit for Kingstone Insurance Company; Downgrade and Liquidation of Kingstone Companies, Inc.

OLDWICK, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B (Fair) from B+ (Good) and the Long Term Credit Rating (ICR) to “bb” (Fair) from “bbb-” (Good) of Kingstone Insurance Company ( KICO) (Kingston, NY). At the same time, AM Best has lowered the Long-Term ICR to “b-” (Marginal) from “bb-” (Fair) and securities associated with Kingstone Companies, Inc. (KINS) (Delaware), KICO Insurance Company. The Credit Shares view (shares) has been changed to negative from default. At the same time, AM Best has also removed all KINS ratings. See below for details on KINS’ Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Term-Term IR) and Indicative Credit Ratings which were also withdrawn.

KICO’s ratings reflect its bank’s strength, which AM Best considers adequate, as well as its operational efficiency, its small business profile and its management of marginal enterprise risk (ERM).

The decline in the rating was driven by a significant decline in KICO’s risk-adjusted funds that occurred throughout the return period due to an increase in gross margin (PML); This was due to the recent reform of the insurance, as well as the reduction of the excess income from weather-related losses and dividend payments in 2022. The main difference in the PMLs was driven by the loss of the catastrophe insurance markets in June, which caused the management to fail. get protection. the same limit as the previous year and buy less insurance as a result. This has led AM Best to revise KICO’s ERM assessment to less than ideal. The largest possible loss after one year in 100 losses will cause the company to incur significant losses starting from Q1/2022. Therefore, the company’s risk, tolerance, and new insurance structure are not compatible with a proper ERM assessment. The change in credit rating to negative reflects a record deterioration in the end of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 that was mainly due to weather damage.

AM Best believes that KICO is affected by environmental, social and management issues due to coastal areas and climate risks and climate change. In addition, KICO’s overall PML over 100-year returns remains elevated, putting pressure on leverage.

The following Long-Term IR was downgraded with revised outlook to neutral, and public interest was subsequently withdrawn, for Kingstone Companies, Inc.:

— to “ccc+” (Weak) from “bb-” (Fair) on $30.0 million 5.5% senior unsecured notes, due 2022

The following long-term IR ratings have been downgraded with revised ratings to neutral, and public interest was subsequently withdrawn, for Kingstone Companies, Inc.:

— to “ccc+” (Weak) from “bb-” (Fair) for large unsecured notes

— to “ccc” (Weak) from “b+” (Border) on the lower notes

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