SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of EQ Insurance Company Limited (EQ) (Singapore). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The rating affirmations consider EQ’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization and overall profitability. The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), remains adequate for EQ’s ratings and is supported by low underwriting leverage and a good quality investment portfolio. In addition, EQ’s parent company, Citystate Capital Asia Pte. Ltd., has a track record of providing capital support. Returns from EQ’s prudent investment portfolio have helped the company maintain its overall profitability. EQ’s operating ratio averaged 93% for the five-year period ending in 2015.
Offsetting rating factors are EQ’s limited business profile and the challenges it faces in profitably growing business in a low growth environment. This is reflected in its underwriting performance, which remains below market average. In 2015, EQ’s combined ratio was higher than expected due to additional reserve provisions and an increase in its expense ratio, as a result of lower-than-expected premium growth.
Positive rating momentum could result from sustained improvement in its underwriting performance above that of its peers. Negative rating pressure could arise from a deteriorating operating performance or deterioration in its parent’s financial condition.
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