A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for Solen Versicherungen AG and Noble Assurance Company

LONDON--()--A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings of “aa-” for Solen Versicherungen AG (SVAG) (Switzerland) and Noble Assurance Company (Noble) (Texas, USA).

The revision of the rating outlooks to negative reflects the potential for a weakening in the credit profile of Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS), due in particular to the low oil price environment. RDS is the ultimate parent company of single parent captives SVAG and Noble.

The ratings of SVAG reflect its affiliation with RDS to which it remains important as a risk management tool. A deterioration in RDS’ credit profile will therefore lead to downward pressure on the ratings of SVAG. In addition, the ratings of SVAG reflect its excellent earnings track-record and strong risk-adjusted capitalisation.

The ratings of Noble reflect the strong reinsurance support received from SVAG. Noble is the U.S.-based captive of RDS and cedes 100% of its risks to SVAG through a quota share agreement.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Mathilde Jakobsen
Associate Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0266

mathilde.jakobsen@ambest.com
or
Catherine Thomas
Senior Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0281

catherine.thomas@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com