SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa-” of United Overseas Insurance Limited (UOI) (Singapore). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect UOI’s excellent earnings track record, favorable business profile and strong risk-adjusted capitalization. As a subsidiary of United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) group, Singapore’s third-largest bank by asset value, UOI maintains a stable market presence despite challenging market conditions through cross-selling initiatives with the group. The company continues to register strong underwriting margins that are above its peers, supported by a favorable claims experience and a low expense ratio averaging 20% in the five years ending in 2016.
An offsetting rating factor is the small and competitive operating landscape, which limits the company’s growth opportunities in Singapore. In response, management has introduced strategies aimed at expanding its regional business through the UOB group’s regional network. A.M. Best expects UOI’s focus on prudent underwriting and its efficient operating model to mitigate the risks associated with regional growth.
Positive rating actions are unlikely in the near term. Negative rating actions may arise if there is material deterioration of UOI’s operating results or risk-adjusted capitalization.
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