OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Bahamas First General Insurance Company Limited (BFG) (Nassau, Bahamas) and Cayman First Insurance Company Limited (CFI) (Cayman Islands). The outlook for all Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are subsidiaries of Bahamas First Holdings Limited (BFH) (Nassau, Bahamas).
The ratings of BFG reflect its supportive risk-adjusted capitalization, continued favorable operating performance and leadership position in the Bahamian property and casualty insurance market. These factors are supported by BFG’s local market expertise and comprehensive catastrophe reinsurance program. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are BFG’s geographic concentration of risk and its dependence on reinsurance as a result of its exposure to catastrophic wind events in the Caribbean. Additionally, competition within the Bahamian insurance market is strong and A.M. Best remains concerned regarding the continuing weak macroeconomic conditions in the Bahamas.
The ratings of CFI recognize its solid overall results and stronger capitalization, as well as management’s expertise and knowledge of the Cayman market. Continued improvement in the performance of the company’s health segment has also enhanced overall earnings. Like its affiliate, BFG, these rating factors are also supported by strong reinsurance protection from catastrophe losses. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the geographic concentration of its operations in the Cayman Islands and its reliance on reinsurance to protect its earnings and surplus.
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