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 Pacific International Insurance Pty Limited (Pacific) (Australia). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Pacific’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization, positive operating performance and high-quality investment portfolio. The ratings also acknowledge Pacific’s expertise in Australia’s pest control and building inspection market.
Offsetting rating factors are the company’s stagnant growth rates and weak underwriting profitability. Pacific is a niche insurer that runs a broad service model, which enables it to achieve a more favorable claims experience relative to its competitors. However, aggressive pricing by its competitors has created a difficult environment for Pacific to grow its premium revenue. As a result, due to lack of scale, Pacific’s expense ratio has remained high; therefore, so has its combined ratio.
In addition, due to its small scale, Pacific’s underwriting results are highly sensitive to a few larger claims or one-off expenses. Nevertheless, this volatility is partially offset by Pacific’s low underwriting leverage and a substantial buffer from a stable stream of investment income.
Although Pacific is well-positioned at the current rating level, negative rating actions could occur if there is significant deterioration in Pacific’s risk-adjusted capitalization due to unexpected capital repatriation, or if its profitability falls below A.M. Best’s expectation due to competitive pressures or multiple large claims.
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