A.M. Best Withdraws Ratings of ICON Reinsurance Ltd.

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Best Co. has revised the outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of B (Fair) and issuer credit rating of “bb+” of ICON Reinsurance Ltd (ICON) (Cayman Islands). Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.

The negative outlook is based on A.M. Best’s concerns regarding ICON’s coal reserve holdings and the effect on its risk-adjusted capitalization and cash flows. The rating affirmations reflect ICON’s experienced management team and the steady growth of retained earnings.

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