AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of United Kingdom Mutual War Risks Association Limited

LONDON--()--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of United Kingdom Mutual War Risks Association Limited (UK War Risks or the Association) (United Kingdom). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect UK War Risks’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

UK War Risks’ balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation that is at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Offsetting balance sheet strength factors include the Association’s small capital base and its dependence on reinsurance. UK War Risks cedes almost all of its underwriting risk to third-party reinsurers, retaining only a small deductible for certain risks. Counterparty credit risk is mitigated partially by the diversity and excellent credit quality of the Association’s reinsurers.

Although profitable over the longer term, UK War Risks’ operating performance has been subject to volatility. Historically, operating results have been dependent on investment earnings, which have been volatile due to the Association’s significant exposure to equity markets. An excellent result of approximately USD 4.5 million is expected for the year-ending February 2021, due to the sustained increase in premiums and a robust investment performance during the year.

UK War Risks has an established profile as a specialist underwriter of war risk insurance for marine vessels. However, the Association’s business profile is limited due to its small size, niche underwriting portfolio and concentrated membership base. The loss of a single large member would lead to a sharp decline in technical earnings.

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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jessica Botelho-Young, CA
Associate Director, Analytics
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Jim Peavy
Director, Communications
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james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

Barnaby Unwin Hoskins
Financial Analyst
+44 20 7397 0327
barnaby.unwinhoskins@ambest.com

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

Jessica Botelho-Young, CA
Associate Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0310
jessica.botelho@ambest.com

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