OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Raffles Insurance Limited (Raffles) (Cayman Islands).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) and revised outlooks reflect Raffles’ profitable underwriting and overall results, and its supportive risk-adjusted capitalization, as well as the company’s favorable business profile as a large and well-established group captive.
Raffles has achieved excellent underwriting and overall earnings as a result of management’s rigorous underwriting guidelines maintained over many years, and the active involvement of each shareholder in aggressive loss control and claim management efforts. This has enabled Raffles to enhance its capitalization over the years. Weaker results registered in some years are somewhat mitigated by the retrospective rating features of the program, and the fact that members are assessed for and required to fund adverse development in incurred losses.
Partially offsetting these rating strengths are the company’s variable operating results and the concentration of assets in its investment portfolio. However, the company and its members maintain a certain amount of direct control over the fund, which is closely monitored and diversified. Variable operating performance reflects, in part, large dividends paid to members as a result of favorable underwriting experience in prior years.
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