A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Co-operative Life Limited

SINGAPORE--()--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Co-operative Life Limited (Co-op Life) (New Zealand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Co-op Life’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization and strong operating performance. In addition, as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Co-operative Bank Limited (Co-op Bank), the company benefits from having a distribution channel that is linked to a banking network with branches nationwide.

Co-op Life’s adequate risk-adjusted capitalization demonstrates its moderate underwriting leverage, low product risk profile and favorable liquidity position. Moreover, the company has a strong performance track record, with a five-year average return on premium of approximately 33%. This is underpinned by its robust earnings derived from in-force business and stable investment returns.

Major offsetting rating factors are Co-op Life’s modest capital size and relatively small in-force portfolio.

While positive rating actions are unlikely, negative rating actions may occur if there is material decline in risk-adjusted capitalization due to a higher-than-expected dividend payout, or if the company fails to maintain its strong operating performance. In addition, significant deterioration in Co-op Bank’s financial strength could result in negative rating actions.

Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication. Unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.

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Associate Financial Analyst
sinyee.chuah@ambest.com
or
Jason Shum, +65 6589 8400, ext. 217
Senior Financial Analyst
jason.shum@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Sin Yee Chuah, +65 6589 8400, ext. 219
Associate Financial Analyst
sinyee.chuah@ambest.com
or
Jason Shum, +65 6589 8400, ext. 217
Senior Financial Analyst
jason.shum@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com