MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good), and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) to Patria Re (US), Inc. (Patria US) (Charleston, SC). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Patria US’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The ratings also recognize Patria US’ affiliation and strategic importance to its ultimate parent, Peña Verde, S.A.B. (Peña Verde), a leading group in Mexico’s insurance and reinsurance industries, which provides synergies and operating efficiencies. The ratings also reflect the support received from its immediate parent, Reaseguradora Patria, S.A. (Patria Re), the lead company of the Peña Verde group and a well-known reinsurer in Latin America. As of June 2023, Peña Verde had equity of USD 543 million and premiums of USD 413 million. Patria US is considered a new company formation as it began operations in February, after receiving authorization in the United States from the South Carolina Department of Insurance. The company was created and is domiciled in South Carolina, as part of Peña Verde’s efforts to expand and strengthen its operations.
AM Best considers Patria US’s balance sheet strength to be at the strong level, with its capital base expected to strengthen under capital contributions planned for the upcoming years. AM Best will monitor the capital flows into the company, to continue assessing its capability to grow and undertake its desired level of risk.
Patria US’ operating performance is considered adequate. The company’s initial bulk of business consists of a diverse mix of premiums retroceded from Patria Re, with a profitable track record. Synergies with Patria Re and the small size of Patria US’ operation are expected to help keep operating expenses stable. AM Best will continue to monitor the underwriting quality and operating expenses to further assess this building block.
Peña Verde and Patria Re have established a solid niche position in Mexico and in other Latin America markets; however, Patria US’ business profile is considered limited, given its strategic role within the group.
Patria US shares all of the group’s comprehensive ERM infrastructure and practices, as well as the expertise from its shared management team. AM Best considers the company’s ERM assessment as appropriate for its risk appetite and as being strongly supported by the holding company’s back office.
The stable outlooks reflect the support Patria Re US receives from its group, which translates into capital contributions when required, as well as profitable business cessions to back up growth, given the strategic importance of the new entity.
Positive rating actions could occur if Patria US is able to strengthen its capital base through capital contributions and profitable results, elevating its risk-adjusted capitalization to the strongest level. Negative rating actions could take place should the operating performance of the inherited business portfolio deteriorate to a point where it is no longer profitable and significant losses translate into a weakened capital base. Negative rating actions could also take place if the support that Patria Re US receives from its group decreases in AM Best's opinion.
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