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 Asian Reinsurance Corporation (Asian Re) (Thailand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Asian Re’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization and low underwriting leverage.
Following losses from catastrophe events in 2011 and 2012, the company successfully recapitalized and improved its capital position. As of year-end 2016, its capital stood at USD 66 million, above the USD 55 million reported at year-end 2010, before the catastrophe events. Asian Re also benefits from favorable yields in its investment portfolio, which contribute substantially to the company’s performance.
An offsetting rating factor is Asian Re’s difficult operating environment. The region continues to attract international reinsurance capacity, and many countries also have developed their reinsurance capabilities over the years. In addition, regulatory requirements have made it harder for Asian Re to access certain markets.
Positive rating actions could result from the company successfully rebuilding its premium base while maintaining stable underwriting results.
Negative rating actions could result from material deterioration in operating performance or if transfer restrictions are placed on its assets.
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