AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a-" to PIA of Kentucky partner, Clear Path Mutual Insurance Company.
The ratings reflect ClearPath’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. ClearPath’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is categorized as strongest and AM Best expects it to remain at a similar level in future years. The balance sheet strength assessment also considers the company’s above average reserve leverage, conservative approach to establishing reserves, history of favorable reserve development and generally low risk investment portfolio.
ClearPath has generated an adequate level of operating performance, supported by favorable underwriting income and moderate investment returns in recent years. Underwriting results have benefited from favorable reserve development trends on prior accident years. ClearPath has limited business diversification as single-state, mono-line workers’ compensation insurer, which leaves it susceptible to competitive pressures in Kentucky, as well as potential legislative, regulatory or judicial changes. This concern is mitigated partly by the company’s favorable market position within the state and local market expertise. Risk-management capabilities are considered appropriate for the risk profile of the company.