AM Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to "bb+" from "bb" and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B (Fair) of Standard Life and Casualty Insurance Company (Standard Life and Casualty) (Salt Lake City, UT). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Standard Life and Casualty’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management. The ratings also reflect the implicit support of Standard Life and Casualty by its acquirer, Western United Life Assurance Company, a member of the Manhattan Insurance Group.
The upgrade of Standard Life and Casualty’s Long-Term ICR is a reflection of the implicit support provided by its new parent. Manhattan Insurance Group has maintained a long and successful history of acquisitions that have been integrated into the group including Western United Life Assurance Company in 2013. AM Best expects that Standard Life and Casualty also will be integrated quickly with group operations over the near term, realizing synergies in the process and benefiting from the resources provided by the group.
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