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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Instituto Nacional de Seguros

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) (San Jose, Costa Rica). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains positive.The ratings reflect INS’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). The positive outlook was maintained due to the still favorable operating performance metrics posted in 2018.INS’ capitalization level of strongest is supported by a comprehensive and adequate reinsurance program, good operating performance and its position as the leading insurer in Costa Rica. The assessment of its business profile considers INS’ market characteristics derived from the country’s Insurance Law of 2008, including its robust market share and the guarantee provided by the Costa Rican government to support INS’ domestic obligations.
INS is Costa Rica’s largest insurer with a market share of 72% as of December 2018, which has decreased due to aggressive growth in voluntary products from specific market participants. The company has exclusivity on underwriting compulsory workers’ compensation and mandatory auto insurance. INS’ compulsory premium segment represents 34% of its business portfolio and 25% of the industry’s total premiums written.The positive outlooks on INS’ ratings reflect the still strong operating performance metrics posted in 2018, despite its deterioration in comparison with 2017 as shown in a larger loss and combined ratio. As of December 2018, INS’ business slowed as economic activity grew less than in previous years; this led to a deterioration of the company’s underwriting metrics compared with 2017, nevertheless, these results remained strong and produced positive net income. The resolution of the positive outlook will depend on the operating performance results during 2019; if these deteriorate further, the positive outlook could revert to stable.Investment income, based on a conservative investment portfolio, has remained supportive of the company’s performance, favored by interest rates and foreign exchange rates. Net income stood at USD 89.5 million, providing a solid growth for its capital base, despite the compulsory 25% dividend paid to the government and a larger reserve creation derived from the favorable performance of the compulsory workers’ compensation segment.AM Best expects INS to continue improving and consolidating its business guidelines by implementing its geographical diversification strategy progressively, which should offset increased competition in the voluntary segments. The company is in a good position to maintain its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, due to its good profitability and ERM practices, and adequate reinsurance with highly rated international reinsurers, which provides a buffer for variations in claim severity and catastrophic events.Positive rating movements could occur if INS is able to improve or maintain its underwriting performance and operating efficiency while continuing to pursue further diversification of its revenue, improving its return metrics and maintaining its strong capitalization. Negative rating actions could occur if technical results deteriorate or there is a reduction in net income, or any loss that significantly affects the company’s profitability and capital generation.

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Tugu Insurance Company Limited

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 marzo 2019

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” of Tugu Insurance Company Limited (TIC) (Hong Kong). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative.The ratings reflect TIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management. The company’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is supported by its low underwriting leverage. Offsetting factors are the company’s high asset concentration and low on-balance-sheet liquidity. These factors resulted from the company’s high asset concentration in a small number of invested properties, which accounted for half of total assets at the end of 2018. TIC is a small non-life insurer in Hong Kong. Premium volume has declined sharply over the past five years as the company discontinued some unprofitable business in Hong Kong and increased its reinsurance cession. As a result of having a small net premium base, the high expense ratios increased over the same period. In 2018, TIC reported an underwriting profit mainly contributed by a reserve release. AM Best believes that a similar scale of reserve release is unlikely to repeat year-over-year, so the operating profitability will remain dependent on investment income.The company applies basic tools in risk management, such as investment and underwriting guidelines. Nevertheless, capabilities are lacking in areas such as underwriting, strategy and reserving, the last of which has a track record of volatility. The negative outlooks are based primarily on uncertainty regarding TIC’s capitalization and business profile. It also reflects the company’s low liquidity buffers.
Positive rating actions are unlikely in the near term. Negative rating actions could occur if there is a material decline in the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization and liquidity position, or if the company’s business volume shrinks materially.

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AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of The Education Benevolent Society Incorporated

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 gennaio 2019

AM Best has withdrawn the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” of The Education Benevolent Society Incorporated (EBS) (New Zealand) as the company has requested to no longer participate in AM Best’s interactive rating process.On December 31, 2018, EBS completed a portfolio transfer that resulted in all existing insurance obligations at the company being transferred to Union Medical Benefits Society Limited. From January 1, 2019, EBS no longer operates as an insurance company and acts as a marketing organization.AM Best’s procedure is for a final rating opinion to be produced in conjunction with a rating withdrawal. However, because EBS’ balance sheet does not contain any insurance assets or liabilities, AM Best was unable to produce a final rating opinion.
Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication. Unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit http://www.ambest.com for more information.

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A.M. Best Assigns Credit Ratings to Acerta Compañia de Seguros, S.A.

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 dicembre 2018

A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” to Acerta Compañia de Seguros, S.A. (Acerta) (Panama). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.The ratings reflect Acerta’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).Acerta’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalization at the strongest level, as measured by Best´s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The ratings also reflect a well-structured reinsurance program and an experienced management team. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are Acerta´s historical volatility in underwriting results, strong competition in its main business lines and execution risk derived from its integration with Aseguradora del Istmo, S.A. (ADISA Panama), which it acquired in 2017.
Acerta initiated operations in Panama City in 2010. As of year-end 2018, the company stood as the 12th-largest insurer, with a market share of more than 1.5%. Its main business segments are surety and motor, representing 36% and 35% of its total gross written premiums respectively. Acerta operates through a network of agents, brokers and direct distribution channels. The acquisition of ADISA Panama was led in 2017 by the company´s ultimate parent, Acerta Holdings, S.A.The company´s capital and surplus has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 27% over the past five years, ultimately enhanced by the merger. Acerta’s capitalization is supported further by a reinsurance program with highly rated entities. Moreover, its capitalization and liquidity have provided the company with flexibility in order to cover historic deviations in claims.Acerta’s claims-containment adjustments within its motor and health insurance lines, coupled with synergies derived from the transaction, have led to improvements in underwriting performance, as reflected by combined ratios converging toward 100% at year-end 2018. A.M. Best expects Acerta to sustain this trend through year-end 2019, despite challenges arising from a very competitive and maturing market.Following the integration of ADISA Panama, A.M. Best expects a thorough and improved implementation of Acerta’s ERM framework in order to mitigate emerging risks that may erode the company´s balance sheet strength, operating performance or business profile.
Positive changes in the ratings or outlooks could take place if the company sustains improvements in its post-merger operating performance, coupled with a thorough implementation of its ERM framework, while maintaining risk-adjusted capitalization at strongest levels. Negative rating actions could occur if the expected operating performance deviates considerably or weakens as a result of inconsistencies within its ERM profile, affecting the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization or business profile.

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