OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” of Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Limited (CAIC) (Antigua and Barbuda). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect CAIC’s continued strong risk-adjusted capitalization, historically favorable overall results and established market presence in the Eastern Caribbean. The ratings also consider CAIC’s conservative management philosophy and effective risk management procedures, which includes a comprehensive reinsurance program developed to mitigate exposure to natural catastrophes.
CAIC continues to enhance its surplus position as a result of better than average earnings from robust underwriting results and steady levels of interest income. CAIC’s risk-adjusted capitalization and operating performance metrics consistently place the company toward the top of its Caribbean peer group. The ratings are further bolstered by CAIC’s strong market profile and its management team’s extensive knowledge of the territories in which the company operates.
Partially offsetting these rating strengths are the regional concentration of CAIC’s operations in the Caribbean and its continued exposure to natural catastrophes, making the company dependent on reinsurance in its property segment. Furthermore, insurance market conditions in the Caribbean remain soft and difficult overall economic conditions throughout most of the Caribbean have persisted, negatively impacting insurance growth.
The ratings may be favorably impacted by improvement in the country risk ratings of Antigua and Barbuda or adversely impacted by significant deterioration in risk-adjusted capitalization or an unfavorable earnings trend.
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