A.M. Best Assigns Rating to GeoVera Insurance Group
A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of "a-" to the GeoVera Insurance Group and its members. The group consists of the following four operating entities: GeoVera Insurance Company, USF&G Specialty Insurance Company (both domiciled in Hunt Valley, MD), Pacific Select Property Insurance Company (Fairfield, CA) and GeoVera Re, Ltd. (Bermuda). The three U.S. domiciled entities were previously assigned a FSR of A+ (Superior) and an ICR of "aa-" as a result of their prior affiliation through inter-company reinsurance agreements with St. Paul Travelers Insurance Companies (St. Paul, MN). However, the companies were placed under review with negative implications on August 9, 2005, following the announcement by The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. (St. Paul MN) regarding the signing of a definitive agreement to sell the three entities to a group of outside investors. The outlook on all ratings is stable.
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