MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B- (Fair), the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bb-” and the Mexico National Scale Rating of “a-.MX” of ANA Compañía de Seguros S.A. de C.V. (ANA) (Mexico). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is revised to stable from positive. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best’s interactive rating process.
The change in outlook to stable reflects the company’s 2017 risk-adjusted capitalization standing at weak levels as it has experienced pressure derived from above-market premiums growth and a reduction in reported equity. ANA may improve capital adequacy levels in the medium term given that it has benefited historically from the support of its immediate parent, GMS Valore, S.A. de C.V. (formerly Grupo Maxasem) (GMS Valore) in the form of previous capital injections, as well as synergies with other group members.
The ratings reflect ANA’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The ratings also recognize the company’s improvement in operating performance and ANA’s affiliation with GMS Valore, which affords ANA operating efficiencies as a member of this group. Offsetting these positive rating factors is the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization standing at weak levels, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), ANA’s relatively small size within the industry’s highly competitive environment and its concentration in a single business line.
ANA was established in Mexico in 1995 and acquired by GMS Valore in 2002. The company exclusively underwrites auto insurance. ANA operates through a network of local agents, auto dealers and service offices throughout Mexico.
ANA has continued to strengthen its underwriting policies, which has resulted in premium sufficiency indicators since 2016. During 2017, improvement in operating performance was driven by premium growth in line with improved underwriting practices, a contained evolution of claims and enhanced investment results, thus generating stronger bottom-line results. ANA posted a 95.7% combined ratio and return on equity of 19.5% in 2017.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
Key insurance criteria reports utilized:
- A.M. Best’s Ratings On a National Scale (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Available Capital and Holding Company Analysis (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Catastrophe Analysis in A.M. Best Ratings (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Evaluating Country Risk (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
- Understanding Universal BCAR (Version Oct. 13, 2017)
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- Previous Rating Date: Feb. 24, 2017
- Date of Financial Data Used: Dec. 31, 2017
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