OLDWICK, NJ, January 19, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best Affirmed EyeMed Insurance Company (EIC) (Phoenix, AZ) Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and Issuer Long-Term Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” (Excellent). The outlook for credit ratings (ratings) is stable. EIC, together with EyeMed Vision Care, LLC, are the North American-based entities of EssilorLuxottica, the ultimate parent company.
The ratings reflect the strength of EIC’s balance sheet, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate management of business risks. The ratings take into account EIC’s strategic importance to EssilorLuxottica, as well as the comprehensive operational support provided by its parent company.
The ratings also reflect EIC’s risk-adjusted capitalization at a very high level, as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR). Risk-adjusted capitalization was strengthened by continued favorable operating performance. In addition, the company has good financial flexibility, as well as the ability to maintain a very strong capitalization despite historic dividend payments. In addition, EIC maintains high underwriting leverage relative to industry averages. The balance sheet strength rating also reflects EIC’s portfolio of low-risk and highly liquid assets, as well as favorable cash flow from operations.
EIC has posted strong earnings in recent years. Earnings strengthening in 2020 was driven by lower utilization and delayed care due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, operating performance moderated in the first nine months of 2021 due to higher utilization. Based on its five-year average return on equity ratio, EIC continues to outperform its peer composite. Additionally, the company continues to experience strong premium growth, reflecting its brand recognition and affiliation with EyeMed Vision Care, LLC. The ratings also reflect the organization’s established market presence and strong overall market share in vision care. EIC is strategically important to EssilorLuxottica’s vertically integrated business model as the primary insurance entity. The ratings also take into account EssilorLuxottica’s well-established presence in the global market and its overall creditworthiness, which supports the insurance business.
EssilorLuxottica is a key player in the managed vision care industry in the United States through EyeMed Vision Care, LLC, with the operations of this entity and other health insurance plans supported by EIC. Additionally, the ratings recognize EIC’s well-established ERM program with a fully developed risk management framework and committee structure.
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