HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” to Zurich Insurance (Taiwan) Ltd. (ZIT) (Taiwan). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
On Jan. 17, 2017, Hozan Investment Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ho Tai Motor Co., Ltd. (Ho Tai Motor), completed its acquisition of ZIT. Accordingly, ZIT is no longer affiliated with Zurich Insurance Group, though it is allowed to use the Zurich brand for an interim period until the formal name change to Hotai Insurance Co., Ltd., which is tentatively scheduled to occur by March 1, 2017. Ho Tai Motor, ZIT’s new ultimate parent, is a Taiwan market-leading distributor of well-known auto brands such as Toyota, Lexus and HINO. Ho Tai Motor also operates and invests in car rental and leasing, auto finance, auto insurance and auto parts businesses.
The ratings reflect ZIT’s sound risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), its prudent underwriting practices and the sustainable competitive advantage in the motor distribution channel derived from being a subsidiary of Ho Tai Motor. A.M. Best anticipates that Ho Tai Motor’s distribution network will allow ZIT to scale up its motor insurance portfolio in the near future.
Offsetting rating factors include a high expense ratio, and the execution risk on the business transformation and strategic integration with ZIT’s new parent.
Positive rating actions could occur if ZIT can implement successfully its business transformation plan and continuously demonstrate stable and favorable operating results. Negative rating actions could occur if ZIT’s risk-adjusted capitalization declines sharply due to a higher-than-expected increase in the company’s risk profile.
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