Press Release|Insurance

KBRA Releases Surveillance Report for NSS Life

6 Mar 2024   |   New York


On March 1, 2024, KBRA affirmed the insurance financial strength rating of BBB+ for National Slovak Society of the United States of America (“NSS Life” or “the Society”). The Outlook is Stable.

The rating reflects strong operating profitability, consistent investment performance and maintenance of a conservative, high-quality asset portfolio, growing membership base, and favorable trends in capitalization. Bolstered by solid asset performance, increasing annuity premium flows, and spread management, NSS Life’s asset base grew to over $1.8 billion at year-end 2023. Internal capital generation and efficient utilization continues to bolster surplus though KBRA views the Society’s risk based capital position as adequate. In addition to historically favorable spread management, the organization’s earnings profile is further supported by a low operating expense base. Driven by competitive product offerings, NSS Life’s membership base continues to grow organically.

The rating also reflects exposure to spread compression and disintermediation risk while also recognizing that enterprise risk management processes continue to develop. While spread compression driven by legacy minimum guaranteed rates has been less prevalent due to current crediting rates, NSS Life’s strategy to counter disintermediation has temporarily compressed earned spreads. NSS Life’s formal ERM processes continue to develop and mature and, in KBRA’s opinion, are supportive of the company’s risk profile, given the size and complexity of its liabilities.

Balancing these credit strengths are execution risk related to near-term initiatives, business mix and geographic concentration, and key person risk. NSS Life is exposed to execution risk as the Society implements its strategic plan and expands geographically while targeting controlled growth without significant adverse impact on risk based capital or margins. NSS Life’s business profile is concentrated as interest sensitive fixed annuities account for almost all premiums and reserve liabilities. While institutional knowledge is focused with a select group of executive management and department leaders, the company has added mid-level management staff across the last year.

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