HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of First Net Insurance Company (First Net) (Guam). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect First Net’s favorable risk-adjusted capitalization and improved risk management practices. The ratings also recognize the operating support from its affiliate, Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters, Inc. (MIU).
First Net maintains solid risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), which is supportive of its current ratings. Furthermore, First Net continues to improve its risk management practices.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are First Net’s catastrophe exposure, volatile underwriting performance and relatively high expense ratio.
The company’s net catastrophe exposure relative to its capital size is high, exposing the company to higher capital volatility. In addition, the company’s expense ratio has remained high mainly due to the high cost of reinsurance protection and acquisition expenses paid to MIU, which performs various operational functions for First Net.
Positive rating actions could occur if the company further improves its risk management practices and reduces potential capital volatility in relation to its catastrophe exposure. Negative rating actions could occur if First Net’s operating performance deteriorates, resulting in substantial decline in its risk-based capitalization level.
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