SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B- (Fair) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bb-” of Lifetime Income Limited (LIL) (New Zealand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings mainly reflect LIL’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization and sound operating controls. The ratings also incorporate the fact that the company is a start-up venture with a limited track record of operating performance.
A.M. Best expects LIL’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as evaluated by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), to be maintained at a level that fully supports the current ratings throughout its first five years of operation. Despite the company’s aggressive growth targets, its risk-adjusted capitalization is expected to remain supportive of the ratings, principally through applying hedging techniques that are assumed to be highly effective at mitigating the exposure introduced by embedded guarantees.
While LIL is a newly formed company, it has a comprehensive set of operating controls in place. These include a process to monitor material financial risks such as profit or loss, pricing and hedging costs, on a minimum monthly basis. In addition, valuations of policy liabilities are carried out by an external appointed actuary, whereas regulatory capital requirements will be determined by another independent actuary.
The major offsetting factor in LIL’s rating assessment is the company’s relatively small in-force portfolio.
Similar to other start-up ventures, there will be some initial drain on capital due to the slow emergence of profits. This is due principally to the small revenue base over which LIL can spread operating and other expenditures.
Positive rating actions in the longer term are possible if LIL is able to demonstrate a track record of growth that will allow it to generate appropriate and sustainable returns. Conversely, factors that may lead to negative rating actions include LIL’s local regulatory solvency margin falling below target due to adverse movements in interest rates and equity markets. Additionally, LIL’s ratings may experience downward pressure if its holding company’s consolidated risk-adjusted capitalization falls short of A.M. Best’s expectations.
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