A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Kelvin Re

LONDON--()--A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a-” to Kelvin Re Limited (Guernsey). The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.

The ratings reflect Kelvin Re’s strong capitalization, diversified projected business profile within the natural catastrophe reinsurance market, experienced management and well-designed risk management function. Offsetting rating factors include the challenges related to the tactical execution of its proposed business plan in a soft market and the increased investment risk brought on by a non-traditional investment strategy.

Kelvin Re’s risk-adjusted capitalisation is expected to be maintained at an excellent level, supported by moderate projected underwriting leverage, a reinsurance program of good credit quality and a contingent capital facility (Letter of Credit). Underwriting, reserving and risk management functions are outsourced to market-leading providers and the company’s board of directors is largely formed by individuals with relevant reinsurance industry experience.

Kelvin Re is a privately owned start-up company based in Guernsey, providing short-tail property and specialty lines reinsurance. It follows a non-traditional investment strategy with 50% of investments allocated to blue chip hedge funds. The company intends to build a globally diversified reinsurance portfolio focused on property catastrophe. In its first year of operation, it is anticipated that Kelvin Re will establish a globally diversified reinsurance portfolio, with gross written premiums in the region of USD 100 million, of which around two thirds is expected to relate to non-proportional catastrophe risks. The company’s gross premium revenue is likely to annually increase by approximately 10% in subsequent years and operating performance over the next two years is likely to be solid.

Kelvin Re has partnered with third parties for its management function. The company’s management team has demonstrated a successful track record of performance in what constitutes Kelvin Re’s core business. Kelvin Re demonstrates a commitment to an organic culture of enterprise risk management (ERM). The company has established an ERM committee that is expected to employ strong controls and monitoring capabilities to support risk surveillance and management, ensuring the application of risk policies decided at board level.

Negative rating actions could occur if the business plan falls below expectations and if the investment book deteriorates materially. Positive rating actions are unlikely in the near term.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

Key insurance criteria reports utilized:

• Analyzing Contingent Capital Facilities

• Catastrophe Analysis in A.M. Best Ratings

• Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies

• Understanding Universal BCAR

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1060/2009, the following is a link to required disclosures: A.M. Best Europe - Rating Services Limited Supplementary Disclosure.

This rating announcement has been issued by A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited, which is a subsidiary of A.M. Best Company. A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Pablo Vasquez, +(44) 20 7397 0311
Financial Analyst
pablo.vasquez@ambest.com
or
Tim Prince, +(44) 20 7397 0320
Associate Director, Analytics
timothy.prince@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Pablo Vasquez, +(44) 20 7397 0311
Financial Analyst
pablo.vasquez@ambest.com
or
Tim Prince, +(44) 20 7397 0320
Associate Director, Analytics
timothy.prince@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com