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01/25/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/25/2023 09:33

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of EyeMed Insurance Company

JANUARY 25, 2023 10:29 AM (EST)

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of EyeMed Insurance Company

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Jennifer Asamoah
Senior Financial Analyst
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Joseph Zazzera, MBA
Director
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Christopher Sharkey
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Al Slavin
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - JANUARY 25, 2023 10:29 AM (EST)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of "a" (Excellent) of EyeMed Insurance Company (EIC) (Phoenix, AZ). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. EIC, along with EyeMed Vision Care, LLC, are the North America-based entities of EssilorLuxottica, the ultimate parent.

The ratings reflect EIC's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings consider 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 the very strong level, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The company's balance sheet strength assessment is enhanced by a highly liquid investment portfolio and solid liquidity measures. The ratings also take into consideration the company's dependence on reinsurance programs and history of dividend payments.

EIC reported consistent favorable operating performance through 2021 and the latter part of 2022. Based on its five-year average return-on-equity ratio, EIC continues to outperform its peer composite. Furthermore, the company continues to experience strong premium growth, reflective of its favorable brand recognition and affiliation with EyeMed Vision Care, LLC, as well as its ultimate parent. The ratings also reflect the organization's established market presence and solid overall market share in the vision care space. EIC is strategically important to EssilorLuxottica's vertically integrated business model, as its primary insurance operating entity. The ratings also receive enhancement from EIC's ultimate parent EssilorLuxottica, a global market leader, with a far reaching and well-established presence and overall favorable creditworthiness, which supports the insurance operations.

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