SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” of Asian Reinsurance Corporation (Asian Re) (Thailand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Asian Re’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Asian Re’s balance sheet strength reflects solid risk-adjusted capitalization that is supported by low underwriting leverage and an investment portfolio consisting mostly of cash and deposits. However, there is the potential for transfer restrictions as some of these deposits are placed with entities that have been sanctioned in the past.
In terms of operating performance, the company experienced deterioration in underwriting results this year, partially due to reserve developments. A steady stream of interest income has mitigated the impact of this deterioration. Overall, Asian Re’s capital and surplus has remained fairly stable.
Following losses from catastrophe events in 2011 and 2012, Asian Re recapitalized and improved its capital position. As of year-end 2017, its capital stood at USD 69 million, above the USD 55 million it reported at year-end 2010, before the catastrophe events. However, the company continues to face challenges in rebuilding its business profile, and premium volumes remain considerably lower than before the catastrophe events. In addition, regulatory requirements also have made it harder for Asian Re to access certain markets.
Positive rating actions could result from the company successfully rebuilding its premium base while improving underwriting results.
Negative rating actions could result from material deterioration in Asian Re’s operating performance or if transfer restrictions are placed on its assets.
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