A.M. Best Removes From Under Review with Negative Implications and Affirms Credit Ratings of Canopius US Insurance, Inc., Downgrades Credit Ratings of Canopius Reinsurance AG

LONDON--()--A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Canopius US Insurance, Inc. (Canopius US) (Wilimington, DE).

Additionally, A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and downgraded the FSR to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR to “a-” from “a” of Canopius Reinsurance AG (Canopius Re - previously known as Sompo Japan Canopius Reinsurance AG) (Switzerland). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

These rating actions follow the 8 March 2018 announcement by Canopius AG (Canopius), the parent company of Canopius Re and Canopius US, that it has been acquired by a private equity consortium led by Centerbridge Partners LP.

The ratings of Canopius US and Canopius Re benefit from their strategic importance to and integration within the Canopius group. The ratings reflect Canopius’ balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorises as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile, and appropriate enterprise risk management.

Canopius’ balance sheet strength is underpinned by prospective risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), being at the strongest level, a conservative investment strategy and a reinsurance panel of good credit quality. An elevated level of catastrophe risk in recent years has resulted in volatile risk-adjusted capitalisation. Following the change in ownership, Canopius has lowered its risk appetite and A.M. Best expects a corresponding reduction in catastrophe exposure. Financial leverage at Canopius’ intermediate parent is considered moderate and has a neutral impact on the group’s balance sheet strength assessment.

Canopius’ established specialist profile enables it to generate a flow of profitable business, although the group operates in highly competitive markets. An experienced management team is expected to enable Canopius to successfully navigate the business cycle and deliver good, albeit potentially volatile, underwriting results.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Alvise Argenton, +44 20 7397 0293
Senior Financial Analyst
alvise.argenton@ambest.com
or
Edin Imsirovic, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5740
Senior Financial Analyst
edin.imsirovic@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com