A.M. Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Asian Reinsurance Corporation

SINGAPORE--()--A.M. Best has upgraded the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “bb+” from “bb” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B (Fair) of Asian Reinsurance Corporation (Asian Re) (Thailand). The outlook for the FSR has been revised to positive from stable while the outlook for the ICR remains positive.

The ICR upgrade recognizes the continued initiatives to strengthen Asian Re’s capital, which have restored the company’s capital position and significantly reduced the risk of adverse development from outstanding Thai flood claims. Asian Re’s event retentions are small relative to its strengthened capital base and its risk-adjusted capitalization is well supportive of its ratings.

Offsetting rating factors include transfer restrictions on deposits that represent a substantial proportion of its capital. While the company has been able to maintain positive underwriting results after 2012, managing expenses against significantly reduced business volumes is a key challenge.

Removal of transfer risk on the company’s deposits and continued improvement in underwriting performance could result in positive rating action.

A significant deterioration in Asian Re’s capital position from catastrophe losses could result in downward pressure to the ratings.

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Contacts

A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Chi Yeung Lok, +65 6589 8400 x211
Senior Financial Analyst
chi-yeung.lok@ambest.com
or
Moungmo Lee, +65-6589 8400 x210
Managing Director
moungmo.lee@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
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com