AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Cotton States Life Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A-
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of
“a-” of Cotton States Life Insurance Company (Alpharetta, GA). The
outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM
Best has withdrawn the ratings of Cotton States Life Insurance Company
at the company’s request to no longer participate in AM Best’s
interactive rating process.

The rating of Cotton States Life Insurance Company reflects its balance
sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its
marginal operating performance, limited business profile, appropriate
enterprise risk management and partial rating enhancement received from
COUNTRY Financial Property Casualty Group.

AM Best notes that Cotton States ceased issuing new policies in 2013,
effectively placing the company into run-off status. While risk-adjusted
capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR),
remains at the strongest level, premium and earnings trends have
declined in the absence of new business. As there are currently no plans
to begin issuing new business, these trends are expected to continue
over the foreseeable future.

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on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release
and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible
for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release,
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