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Summary: W.R. Berkley Corp. And Operating Subsidiaries Oct 11
Standard & Poors, October 2011
The counterparty credit rating on W. R. Berkley Corp. and the counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on its operating insurance companies (collectively referred to as WRB) reflect the group's strong competitive position and operating performance, which stem from its well-diversified business platform that has contributed to the highly favorable underwriting performance and the lower earnings volatility compared with the industry and most of its peers. Offsetting these strengths are WRB's somewhat aggressive historical financial leverage, the above-average net underwriting leverage, and the operating companies' capital that, though good, is lower than what we expect for the rating. WRB's average five-year generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) combined ratio of 91.6% highlights its consistent track record of highly favorable underwriting performance...
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