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 Consumer Insurance Services Limited (CISL) (New Zealand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect CISL’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization and strong operating performance. CISL offers consumer protection insurance that is sold in conjunction with its affiliated company’s installment plan.
CISL’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is due to its moderate underwriting leverage, high-quality capital and favorable liquidity position. The company also has a good performance track record, with an average operating ratio of approximately 62% on a five-year basis. Claims experience has been favorable and stable, which is typical of the types of loan and card repayment insurance contracts that CISL writes.
Offsetting rating factors include modest capital size, a small in-force portfolio and constrained capital growth. In view of its relatively low earnings retention, the growth of premium revenue potentially could outpace the growth of capital, as measured by the company’s premium-to-capital ratio, resulting in higher underwriting leverage.
Positive rating actions are unlikely in the short to medium term. Negative rating actions may occur if CISL’s local regulatory solvency margin falls below the company’s target due to a high dividend payout, or if the company fails to maintain its strong operating performance. In addition, significant deterioration in its ultimate parent’s credit profile due to excessive leverage or shock from adverse macroeconomic events also could result in negative rating actions.
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