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OLDWICK, N.J., May 2008—A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating to B+ (Good) from B (Fair) and issuer credit rating to “bbb-” from “bb” for National Independent Truckers Insurance Company, ARRG (NITIC) (Charleston, SC). The outlook for both ratings is stable.The ratings reflect NITIC’s improved capitalization, decreased operational leverage measures, strong management team with expertise in this niche market and its strict underwriting and risk management guidelines. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is the company’s limited business profile. An additional offsetting factor is NITIC’s financial leverage position with a significant portion of the company’s surplus in the form of a letter of credit.
Additional rating factors are NITIC’s fundamental business strategies, which include providing stable insurance coverage coupled with quality service for its members. These fundamentals are evidenced by high member retention and member loyalty. Each member makes an annual capital contribution based on the number of vehicles (power units) insured. NITIC has very strict loss control and underwriting guidelines in place. The company uses a scheduled driver program and visually inspects each vehicle prior to issuing a policy. Extensive interviews are conducted with the drivers and motor vehicle records are reviewed prior to accepting new members.
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