Standard & Poor's Corporation has reiterated its Issuer
Credit Rating (ICR) and Financial Strength Rating (FSR)
HCC Insurance Holdings Inc.
) and its subsidiaries. The credit rating agency provided an ICR
of "A" on HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. and an FSR of "AA" on
certain subsidiaries of the company. It also confirmed the debt
rating of "A" on the 6.3% senior notes worth $300 million
scheduled to mature in 2019.
Additionally, S&P also affirmed the "Strong" rating on HCC's
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process that identifies business
downside risks and threats. All the affirmed ratings carried a
The rating affirmation came on the back of a number of factors
that include HCC Insurance's competitive strengths, strong
balance sheet and continued underwriting performance.
Rating affirmations or upgrades from credit rating agencies
play an important part in retaining investor confidence in the
stock as well as maintaining creditworthiness in the market. We
believe that HCC Insurance's present score with the credit
rating agency will help it write more business going forward.
Earlier in Mar 2013, another credit rating agency, Fitch
Ratings affirmed its Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating of
"AA" on some of the subsidiaries of HCC Insurance and the Issuer
Default rating (IDR) of "A+" on the parent company. It also
affirmed the debt rating of "A" on the $300 million senior notes.
All the ratings carried a stable outlook. Fitch affirmed the
ratings owing to the strong financial position of the company,
underwriting discipline and consistent profit generation.
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Among other insurers,
) subsidiariescollectively known as ProAssurance Group, witnessed
an upward revision in the FSR and ICR provided to it by credit
ratings agency, A.M. Best. The FSR was revised upward to "A+"
(Superior) from "A" (Excellent) and the ICR was upgraded to "aa-"
from "a+". The outlook on all the ratings was downgraded to
stable from positive.
HCC Insurance currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
ProAssurance and other property and casualty insurers like
HCI Group Inc.
Hilltop Holdings Inc.
) carry a favorable Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and appear