AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of ERIKA Försäkringsaktiebolag (publ) (Erika) (Sweden). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Erika’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 (ERM).
Erika’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), along with its conservative and liquid investment portfolio and prudent reserving collectively contribute to an overall balance sheet assessment of very strong by AM Best.
Additionally, consistently favourable earnings, including small investment gains, lead to an overall operating performance assessment of strong. The company’s strong operating performance track record is demonstrated by a five-year average combined ratio of 90.1% (2015-2019) and a five-year (2015-2019) average return on equity of 7.9%. The company reported a technical surplus in each of the past 14 years (2006-2019), signifying sound underwriting practices. AM Best expects Erika to remain profitable in 2020 despite an anticipated decline in gross written premiums due to COVID-19 and the subsequent global restrictions on travel.
Erika is the primary provider of travel insurance to people travelling worldwide on the various international education programmes offered by the Education First (EF) sphere. Erika and its ultimate parent, Universal Care S.à.r.l., are part of the wider EF sphere. AM Best assesses Erika’s business profile as limited due to its relatively small and concentrated portfolio, as well as its limited control over distribution and growth. The risks associated with the company’s small and concentrated portfolio are mitigated partially by its moderate product risk and good geographical diversification.
AM Best considers Erika’s ERM to be developed and appropriate for the company’s risk profile and operational scope.
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