AMSTERDAM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” (Excellent) of Solunion Seguros, Compañía Internacional de Seguros y Reaseguros S.A. (Solunion) (Spain). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
Solunion is the operating holding company of the Solunion group of companies, a 50-50 joint venture between the MAPFRE group and Allianz Trade. Allianz SE is the ultimate parent of Allianz Trade.
The ratings reflect Solunion’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also consider the strategic and operational support Solunion receives from its joint shareholders, including significant reinsurance support in the form of quota share arrangements and excess of loss protection.
Solunion’s balance sheet strength assessment is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation, which remained at the strongest level as at year-end 2022, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The balance sheet strength assessment is supported by Solunion’s prudent reserving approach and conservative investment strategy. Solunion is highly dependent on reinsurance, but the associated risk is considered limited, as reinsurance arrangements are solely with the company’s shareholders.
Solunion has achieved positive net results consistently over recent years, reporting a five-year weighted average combined ratio of 83.4% and return on equity of 7.6% (2018-2022), as calculated by AM Best. In 2022, Solunion reported profit before tax of EUR 16.8 million driven by robust technical profits underpinned by low claims frequency and by service fees tied to the company’s trade credit line of business. Solunion has continued to report good results as at the end of June 2023. An offsetting factor is the uncertainty around the sustainability of the trade credit results in light of competitive and challenging market and economic conditions. However, AM Best notes the company’s ability to take prompt risk-mitigating actions on non-performing business when required.
Solunion has a growing position as a trade credit and surety specialist in its selected operating markets, with gross written premium of EUR 267 million in 2022. Although the portfolio is concentrated in Spain, increasing geographical diversification is provided by Solunion’s expansion in Latin America. Positive business profile factors include the company’s ability to leverage the trade credit expertise and capabilities of Allianz Trade, whilst accessing MAPFRE’s widespread and well-established distribution channels in its target markets.
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