LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ratings of AM Best-rated (re)insurance groups in EMEA have shown stability over the past year. Despite a marginal decline in the balance sheet strength assessment across the population, AM Best considers that robust balance sheets are a strength for rated (re)insurance groups.
The new Best’s Special Report, “EMEA Insurance Market Ratings: Reviewing the Impact of Best’s Credit Rating Methodology,” identifies positive development in emerging markets. A rating unit within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first emerging market entity to achieve an “a+” Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) from AM Best. This company is the only lead rating unit with a very strong assessment for operating performance within the EMEA population.
The report considers AM Best’s broad geographical rating coverage across most rated (re)insurance groups across Continental Europe (mainly France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom), the Middle East (predominately Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE), Africa (notably in Kenya and Nigeria) and Eastern Europe (largely Kazakhstan and Russia).
The types of companies rated, operating in mature and emerging markets, are diverse. They include reinsurers, insurers, mutuals, captives, credit and health insurers, takaful operators and protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs.
Jalpa Thanky, senior financial analyst, AM Best (EU) Rating Services, notes: “When we consider the movement in ratings over the past year, there have been two main drivers for upgrades: operating performance – where companies have demonstrated improved performance metrics – or greater rating enhancement for group subsidiaries companies and changes in structure for a few European insurance groups.”
Most downgrades have been attributed to weakening balance sheets mainly through a reduction in Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), deteriorating operating performance and revision in the level of risk or drag given to a rating unit.
To access a complimentary copy of this special report, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=294550.
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