A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of AES Global Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and the issuer credit rating of “bbb-” of AES Global Insurance Company (AGIC) (Burlington, VT). The outlook for both ratings is stable.

The ratings reflect AGIC’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization, consistently favorable operating performance and sound risk management capabilities. Also supporting the ratings is a favorable business plan that is used as a basis for the rating’s profitability and liquidity metrics.

Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are exposure to large losses due to the policy limits offered, limited market scope/business profile, product mix and dependence on third parties for processing, servicing and administration.

Additionally, the ratings recognize the AGIC’s excellent business position and relationship with its parent, AES Corporation (AES Corp.) [NYSE: AES], a global power company that owns a diverse and growing portfolio of electricity generation and distribution businesses operating in 20 countries. AGIC insures the global property and business interruption coverage for AES Corp., its subsidiaries and affiliates. The program is fronted by AIG Europe Limited. Somewhat offsetting these positive rating factors is the company’s sole dependency on the parent company’s business opportunities for its growth prospects.

AGIC has consistently produced profitable net operating income resulting from favorable underwriting experience and investment income in each year of the past decade. Over the past five years, AGIC has exhibited significant growth in total assets and policyholders’ surplus despite annual dividend payments to its parent/sole shareholder that totaled more than $49 million during the same period. Nonetheless, A.M. Best will closely monitor performance of AGIC against its stated operating plan.

The ratings further consider the extensive experience and level of commitment on the part of its parent, whose management incorporates the captive as a core element in the overall risk management program of AES Corp. and utilizes the captive as an integral part in this process. AES Corp. continually evaluates the use of AGIC for other risk management objectives of the group as those arise.

The company’s ratings are not expected to be upgraded or its outlook revised within the near term as its operating performance and capital position have already been considered in A.M. Best’s ratings process. Conversely, any material adverse deviations with regard to management, earnings, capitalization or risk profile could potentially undermine the stability of the company’s ratings. In addition, deterioration in the credit profile of AES Corp. could impact AGIC’s ratings.

A.M. Best remains the leading rating agency of alternative risk transfer entities, with more than 200 such vehicles rated in the United States and throughout the world. For current Best’s Credit Ratings and independent data on the captive and alternative risk transfer insurance market, please visit www.ambest.com/captive.

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:

  • Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)
  • Catastrophe Analysis in A.M. Best Ratings
  • Evaluating Non-Insurance Ultimate Parents
  • Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies
  • Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Alexander Sarfo, 908-439-2200, ext. 5779
Senior Financial Analyst
alexander.sarfo@ambest.com
or
Steven Chirico, CPA, 908-439-2200, ext. 5087
Assistant Vice President
steven.chirico@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Alexander Sarfo, 908-439-2200, ext. 5779
Senior Financial Analyst
alexander.sarfo@ambest.com
or
Steven Chirico, CPA, 908-439-2200, ext. 5087
Assistant Vice President
steven.chirico@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com