A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings of "a-" of Agrinational Insurance Company (Agrinational) (Burlington, VT) and its wholly owned subsidiary, ADM Insurance Company (ADMIC) (Phoenix, AZ). The outlook for each of these ratings is stable.

The ratings reflect their adequate risk-adjusted capitalization and strategic role in the crop insurance program and as captive insurers of Archer Daniels Midland Company [NYSE:ADM].

Partially offsetting the favorable rating factors is the high net retention on property exposures, which has produced some variability in operating results and capital. Also, as a single parent captive, Agrinational is exposed to concentration risk as captives' primary source of business is generally from one company. This is somewhat minimized by the group's diversified book of business and the parent's geographically disbursed assets. The captive program also provides insurance for a limited amount of third-party business sourced through an industry pooling arrangement. In addition, the crop insurance program, written by ADMIC and 100% reinsured to Agrinational, further diversifies the exposure and concentration of risk. This program continues to grow annually.

As a means of diversifying its investment portfolio, Agrinational has invested in the leasing of railcars, tractor trailers, tugboats and barges. Management considers these investments as long term and better aligned with Agrinational's capital structure, while providing stability in investment returns.

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