OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a+” of Scotia Insurance (Barbados) Limited (Scotia Insurance) (Barbados). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Scotia Insurance’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The company maintains the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization with a high return on equity while maintaining sufficient liquidity.
Scotia Insurance is primarily a life reinsurer that is ultimately owned by The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank). Scotia Insurance principally reinsurers credit insurance policies underwritten by third-party life insurance carriers on consumer loans originated by Scotiabank’s retail branches throughout Canada. The company has a long history of favorable underwriting results through conservative underwriting that has continued through 2017.
These strengths are offset partially by Scotia Insurance’s dependence upon consumer loan originations within Canada, and how such products are offered. The creditor insurance cross-sell on loans has slowed recently, due in part to the digitalization of banking and the loss of face-to-face sales. Furthermore, the company maintains a high dividend payout ratio that has resulted in a lack of absolute capital expansion. However, A.M. Best notes that in a stress scenario, Scotia Insurance could recapitalize by adjusting its shareholder dividend payout.
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