AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Tokio Marine GRV Re, Inc.

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A++ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a” from “aa+” of Tokio Marine GRV Re, Inc. (TMGRV Re) (Oklahoma City, OK). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect TMGRV Re’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and very strong enterprise risk management (ERM).

The ratings downgrade reflects a change in business profile whereby TMGRV Re, formerly known as HCC Specialty Insurance Company, was converted into an affiliated internal reinsurance company. It will assume business solely from companies within the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire (TMNF) organization. Previously, the company derived its rating through explicit support provided by an inter-company reinsurance agreement with Houston Casualty Company.

The ratings reflect the capacity available in the balance sheet for the expected level of assumed risk. Operating performance is placed at the adequate level based on the clearly defined business plan, which contemplates a level of execution risk. AM Best views the business profile as limited under the implemented transition to a reinsurance company structure. The ratings benefit from implicit support provided by affiliated entities, including an expectation of capital contributions if needed, day-to-day management of operations, and inclusion in TMNF’s robust ERM processes and procedures.

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Contacts

Robert Raber
Associate Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5696
robert.raber@ambest.com

Gregory Williams
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5815
greg.williams@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com