OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” of Junto Resseguros S.A. (Junto Re) and Junto Seguros S.A. (Junto Seg) (collectively referred to as Junto). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are domiciled in Brazil.
The ratings reflect Junto’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
Junto Re is classified as a local reinsurer in Brazil and mainly operates as a captive reinsurer for Junto Seg, an organization that has been writing surety directly for more than 20 years. Junto Seg is the market-facing entity and a leading surety writer in Brazil. Junto benefits operationally from its minority shareholder, The Travelers Companies, Inc. (ownership is 49.5%). These benefits include collaboration on ERM, employee development, retrocession placement, claims handling, business development and other operational functions. Junto maintains low underwriting leverage and strong liquidity metrics, with a comprehensive retrocession program that provides additional capacity and reduces the company’s overall exposure.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is Junto’s concentration risk as essentially a mono-line surety writer with business concentration in a single country. Junto’s future plans to mitigate this risk include expansion into related lines of business and geographic diversification into other parts of Latin America.
Additionally, Brazil’s (re)insurance market continues to be highly competitive, with homegrown and global (re)insurers vying for market share. With Brazil’s economy showing mixed signs while awaiting growth to resume, companies are seeking international expansion while keeping an eye on growth opportunities in the domestic insurance market. Surety remains as one of the fastest-growing segments in the (re)insurance industry in Brazil.
Positive rating triggers include a successful long-term execution of the group’s growth and diversification strategy, a consistent operating performance, along with maintaining robust risk-adjusted capitalization. Negative rating triggers include a deterioration in either operating results or risk-adjusted capitalization, the inability to execute its growth and diversification strategy, a continued weakness in Brazil’s economy or a downgrade in Brazil’s country risk tier.
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