SINGAPORE--(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 Lonpac Insurance Bhd (Lonpac) (Malaysia).
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Lonpac’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization and its excellent operating performance, which is supported by its business profile. The company has a history of meeting its business plans, which has a primary focus on profitability; and the positive outlooks reflect A.M. Best’s expectation that the company will continue meeting its business plan as Malaysia’s non-life market gradually moves toward liberalization.
Lonpac has a track record of strong capital generation, supported by profit margins (combined and operating ratios) that are among the strongest in Malaysia’s non-life market. Lonpac’s profitability benefits from its affiliation with Public Bank Berhad and Lonpac’s efficient business processes. Return on shareholder capital has been strong, as demonstrated by a five-year average return on capital and surplus in excess of 30%. Its risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), has strengthened over the years, supported by good asset quality and improved underwriting leverage.
Offsetting rating factors include the potential decline in premiums subsequent to the liberalization of Malaysia’s fire line, which could erode Lonpac’s profitability in its largest line of business. Lonpac’s underwriting capabilities, as well as those of its peers, will be increasingly tested as tariffs are gradually removed.
Positive rating actions could occur if Lonpac is able to maintain its strong profitability as fire insurance tariffs are removed. Downward rating actions could arise from material deterioration in profitability.
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