AM Best Confirms Park Assurance Company Credit Ratings

AM Best affirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer’s long-term credit rating of “a” (Excellent) from Park insurance company (To park) (Colchester, Vermont). The outlook for these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Park’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best rates as the strongest, as well as its strong operational performance, limited business profile and appropriate management of business risks.

Park’s strongest risk-adjusted capital position, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), reflects its conservative loss provisioning practices and favorable development trends, as well as its portfolio of prudent investment and its strong liquidity measures. Park is well capitalized through retained earnings as the captive has consistently delivered favorable pure loss ratios in combination with its low cost underwriting expense structure to produce favorable operating earnings year after year which has outperformed the composite commercial real estate by a wide margin. The ratings further reflect Park’s sophisticated risk management strategy and practices, its experienced management team and its integral role as a single parent captive of JPMorgan Chase Holdings, LLCwhich is a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) [NYSE: JPM], a leading global financial services group; however, Park’s business profile is considered limited due to its product concentration risk, offering limited lines of coverage on a net basis.

These factors are partially offset by moderate growth in surplus due to capital being returned to its parent company in the form of periodic dividends to shareholders and its large underwriting risk appetite on a gross basis. The potential credit risk associated with Park’s extensive use of reinsurance, which management uses to mitigate its exposure to outsized losses at high-value insured sites, as well as its reliance on the protection afforded by the reauthorization of the terrorism risk insurance program, are also offsetting factors. .

Park provides JPMorgan Chase with worldwide property coverage, including terrorism, as well as general bankers surety and, prior to 2017, general liability coverage. These hedges are key elements of JPMorgan Chase’s risk management strategy, and Park has the explicit support of the group’s significant financial resources and extensive professional resources.


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