MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good), and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” to Energy Risk Indemnity Reinsurance Inc. (ERI Re) (Barbados). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings of ERI Re reflect its strong capital base for the purpose of developing a diversified property/casualty book of business throughout Latin America. Limiting the ratings is the inherent uncertainty of a startup company regarding the implementation of its business plan, imminent concentration of its business portfolio in early stages of operation and its final reinsurance structure in order to protect its balance sheet.
ERI Re is a Barbados-based startup reinsurer, originally established in 2013 as a segregated cell company (SCC) focused in energy risks. From 2013-2015, the company successfully conducted business as an SCC; however, management in 2016 decided to change its license to a qualifying insurance company to further diversify its book of business and to underwrite a broader range of risks in the Latin American property/casualty market.
Considering the premium growth targets of the company, A.M. Best’s view on capital adequacy is strong and has benefited from reserves releases in 2016 and 2017 that have improved its reported surplus, which is primarily composed from retained earnings rendering strong risk adjusted capitalization as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR).
The business plan of the company is well-structured, but is dependent on reinsurance, a key factor considering the expositions the company wants to take geographically in Latin America. The property/casualty lines the company is targeting, such as bonds, property, oil and mining, require strong reinsurance protection. ERI Re is currently structuring its reinsurance program and it will remain a key factor for future rating assessments.
While the company is targeting reasonable premium volumes, due to the startup nature of the company, execution risk limits the ratings; nevertheless, the company has a strong management and underwriting team to execute its business plan and to develop the company’s risk capabilities as its business grows.
Positive rating actions could take place if the company is able to achieve its goals in terms of premium volume and profitability while maintaining a strong risk-adjusted capitalization. Negative rating actions could take place if the company fails to meet its financial performance to a level that impacts its capital and therefore its risk-adjusted capitalization.
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Key insurance criteria reports utilized:
- Evaluating Country Risk (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Understanding Universal BCAR (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Available Capital & Holding Company Analysis (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Rating New Company Formations (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
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- Previous Rating Date: Not Rated.
- Date of Financial Data Used: June 30, 2017.
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