HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE:AGO) announced today that S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has affirmed the AA financial strength ratings on U.S. bond insurers Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. (AGM), Municipal Assurance Corp. (MAC) and Assured Guaranty Corp. (AGC); U.K. financial guarantor Assured Guaranty (Europe) plc (AGE); and Bermuda insurers Assured Guaranty Re Ltd. (AGRe) and Assured Guaranty Re Overseas Ltd. (AGRO). S&P also affirmed the financial strength ratings of U.K. financial guarantor Assured Guaranty (UK) plc and Assured Guaranty (London) plc (AG London). The outlooks of all the Assured Guaranty entities are stable, other than the outlook of AG London, which is positive.
In its June 26th report, S&P noted Assured Guaranty’s:
- “very strong capital adequacy”
- “proven track record of credit discipline and market leadership in terms of par insured and premiums written”
- “diverse underwriting strategy” with “a well-thought-out and measured approach” to international infrastructure and global structured finance transactions
- “capital position could absorb losses on its entire exposure to issuers in Puerto Rico of roughly $3 billion and…there would be no change in Assured’s capital adequacy score or financial risk profile”
In response to the report, Dominic Frederico, President and CEO said:
“Once again, S&P affirmed Assured Guaranty’s AA stable rating. The affirmation corroborates not only our financial strength but also our proven business model, profitable financial results and the success of our strategic choices. Our size and experience allow us to lead the U.S. municipal bond market by participating broadly, regularly insuring large municipal transactions, including public-private partnerships, as well as small and mid-size transactions, while achieving favorable premium rates. Additionally, our international infrastructure and structured finance businesses further diversify our insured portfolio while providing a competitive advantage through the flexibility to capitalize on growth trends and pricing opportunities when they are better in one sector than in others.
“Over recent years, we were able to continue to produce solid economic results through new business origination, effective loss mitigation, reassumptions of ceded business, and acquisitions. Our insured portfolio has amortized significantly in recent years, partially as a result of low interest rates limiting new business opportunities, while our claims-paying resources have remained substantially the same – currently at approximately $11.5 billion – significantly reducing our leverage ratios. As a result, based on our understanding of S&P’s capital adequacy model, we estimate that Assured Guaranty had $2.8 billion of capital in excess of S&P’s AAA requirement at year-end 2017.”
Any forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect Assured Guaranty’s current views with respect to future events and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, difficulties executing Assured Guaranty’s business strategy; those risks and uncertainties resulting from changes in rating agency models or opinions; adverse credit developments in Puerto Rico or other portions of Assured Guaranty’s insured portfolio and the impact of those developments on rating agency models and opinions; other risks and uncertainties that have not been identified at this time, management’s response to these factors, and other risk factors identified in Assured Guaranty’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are made as of June 26, 2018. Assured Guaranty undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Assured Guaranty Ltd. is a publicly traded (NYSE: AGO) Bermuda-based holding company. Its operating subsidiaries provide credit enhancement products to the U.S. and international public finance, infrastructure and structured finance markets. More information on Assured Guaranty Ltd. and its subsidiaries can be found at AssuredGuaranty.com.