A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of nib nz limited

SINGAPORE--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of nib nz limited (nib nz) (New Zealand). The outlook for both ratings is stable.

The ratings mainly reflect nib nz’s adequate balance sheet strength and continued favorable operating performance. The ratings also take into consideration the company’s strong risk management fundamentals, which partially contributed to the stable and favorable claim experience over time.

As of June 30, 2015, nib nz maintained a solvency ratio that was comfortably higher than its local regulatory requirement. In addition, the company’s risk-based capitalization, as evaluated by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, continued to reflect its low product risk profile, moderate underwriting leverage and conservative investment mix.

Over the past five years, operating performance was favorable with a five-year operating ratio of 92%. Additionally, combined and operating ratios were generally better and less volatile than other health insurers operating in New Zealand.

The company is well-positioned for the current ratings. However, negative rating actions may occur if incorrect underwriting decisions and inadequate product pricing lead to underwriting losses, or if there is a deviation from the capital management plan communicated to A.M. Best.

Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication, and unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Jason Shum, +65-6589 8400, ext. 217
Financial Analyst
jason.shum@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +(1) 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Chi-Yeung Lok, +65-6589 8400, ext. 217
Senior Financial Analyst
chi-yeung.lok@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Jason Shum, +65-6589 8400, ext. 217
Financial Analyst
jason.shum@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +(1) 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Chi-Yeung Lok, +65-6589 8400, ext. 217
Senior Financial Analyst
chi-yeung.lok@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com