AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of National Life and General Insurance Company SAOG

LONDON--()--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of National Life and General Insurance Company SAOG (NLGIC) (Oman). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect NLGIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

NLGIC’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and benefits from a conservative investment strategy and a reinsurance panel of good credit quality. The balance sheet assessment also factors in the company’s good level of liquidity and low financial leverage. An offsetting factor includes the concentration of the company’s assets in Gulf Cooperation Council markets. The balance sheet strength assessment incorporates AM Best’s assessment of economic, political and financial system risk in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The company’s strong operating performance, evidenced by a five-year (2015-2019) reported weighted average return on equity of 17%, has been driven by good underwriting results from its non-life portfolio (five-year weighted average combined ratio of 92%). Medical and motor business are the principal contributors to earnings, with performance supported by profits from the company’s group credit life business and stable albeit relatively modest investment income.

NLGIC has a concentrated underwriting portfolio, with medical business accounting for 82% of gross written premiums. The company is the leading medical underwriter in Oman and has a growing presence in the UAE. AM Best considers NLGIC as well-positioned to benefit from the expected introduction of mandatory medical insurance in Oman, with the anticipated increase in business likely to provide the company with additional scale; however, implementation of the programme is expected to be delayed until the end of the year.

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Contacts

Aneela Mather-Khan, CA
Financial Analyst
+44 20 7397 0319
aneela.mather-khan@ambest.com

Salman Siddiqui, ACA
Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0331
salman.siddiqui@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

Contacts

Aneela Mather-Khan, CA
Financial Analyst
+44 20 7397 0319
aneela.mather-khan@ambest.com

Salman Siddiqui, ACA
Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0331
salman.siddiqui@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