HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” of Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. (HMF) (South Korea).
The revised rating outlook reflects HMF’s increased asset leverage over the past five years, leaving the company’s capitalization more susceptible to asset value fluctuation. This is also reflected by lower risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and relatively higher level of underwriting leverage when compared with its peer group.
The ratings reflect HMF’s well-established market presence as the second-largest non-life insurer in South Korea by direct premiums written and its conservative investment portfolio.
Positive rating actions could occur if HMF can achieve sustainable improvement in its risk-adjusted capitalization while continuing to strengthen its profitability. Negative rating actions could occur if the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization deteriorates substantially or if there is a sustained deterioration in profitability.
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