AM Best has removed from under review with positive implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of United Frontier Mutual Insurance Company (United Frontier) (Lockport, NY). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect United Frontier’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
United Frontier’s ratings have been removed from under review status based on its recent affiliation agreement with Allegany Co-op Insurance Company (Allegany). This arrangement has been solidified through a service agreement between the two entities that became effective on July 1, 2023. Over the intermediate term, AM Best expects this transaction to benefit United Frontier, by further equipping the company to manage through a demanding operating environment given the shared resources and the additional financial, operational, and strategic capabilities that will be obtained. Allegany is a well-capitalized partner with working knowledge of its operating territory in New York and a conservative risk culture.
United Frontier is expected to be integrated within Allegany’s ERM and corporate governance frameworks, and be further supported by its reinsurance program. It is intended that a pooling agreement will be in place by early 2024. AM Best will continue to monitor both companies and their operating results as this transaction progresses.
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