HONG KONG--()--A.M. Best Co. has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb” of Hanwha General Insurance Company Limited (Hanwha Insurance) (South Korea).
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The under review status reflects the sharp increase in Hanwha Insurance’s credit risk associated with reinsurance recoverables due to the downgrade of the ratings of BEST RE (L) Limited (BEST RE) (Malaysia) on 18 December 2012.
Hanwha Insurance ceded premiums related to smartphone insurance to BEST RE, which continues to report a material deterioration in underwriting results. The ratings will remain under review pending further discussions between A.M. Best and Hanwha Insurance’s management regarding the risk-adjusted capitalization.
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