LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE) (Australia) and its main insurance subsidiaries remain unchanged following QBE’s market update on 23 January 2018 that it has revised its full-year 2017 results expectations to a post-tax loss of approximately USD 1.2 billion. A higher-than-expected combined ratio of approximately 104% and the write-off of goodwill and deferred tax assets contributed to the revised forecast. The expected post-tax loss means that year-end 2017 risk-adjusted capitalisation will be lower than previously anticipated by A.M. Best. However, the group’s year-end 2017 coverage of the regulatory prescribed capital amount is expected to be around 1.6x, which is within its target range.
The QBE board will consider the quantum of the group’s final dividend and share buy-back expectations in conjunction with the finalisation of the year-end 2017 result on 26 February 2018. At that time, A.M. Best will assess the impact of any announced capital management actions on prospective risk-adjusted capitalisation.
On 13 July 2017, A.M. Best upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) of QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited (United Kingdom), QBE Re (Europe) Limited (United Kingdom) and the pooled members of QBE North America Insurance Group. These companies are key operating subsidiaries of QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE) (Australia), the non-operating holding company of the QBE group of companies. At the same time, A.M. Best affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” of QBE Seguros, QBE’s Puerto Rico subsidiary and a part of its Latin America operations. Additionally, A.M. Best upgraded the Long-Term ICR to “bbb+” from “bbb” of QBE. These ratings remain unchanged with a stable outlook.
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