OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Journey Insurance Company (Journey) (St. Petersburg, FL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Journey’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 (ERM).
Journey is majority owned by United Insurance Holdings Corp. (United) [NASDAQ: UIHC]. Journey was created in 2018 to take advantage of market opportunities within Florida, Texas and South Carolina, specifically regarding property coverage. The company’s balance sheet strength assessment is influenced by the infusion of significant capital intended to support its growth as it relates to underwriting, credit and investment risks. United provides strategic administration and operational support as it pertains to underwriting, ERM, claims, leadership and other functions. The ratings and outlooks consider the substantial support and proven track record of United.
Maintaining the ratings and outlooks at current levels will depend on successful execution of development plans as communicated by management, efficient use of strategic business partnerships, and effective management of Journey’s catastrophe exposure, which will grow as the company expands. Initial operations were delayed somewhat, as management made the strategic decision to pivot from the use of legacy systems to newer platforms; however, growth in the current period is in line with expectations.
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