LONDON, October 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" (Excellent) of Gulf Insurance Group (Gulf) B.S.C. (c) (GIG Gulf) (Bahrain). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect GIG Gulf’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
GIG Gulf’s balance sheet strength assessment reflects its risk-adjusted capitalisation, which was at the strongest level at year-end 2021, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Conservative asset allocation, low reliance on reinsurance and prudent reserving practices support the company’s balance sheet strength. An offsetting factor is country risk. The majority of the company’s premiums and assets on a consolidated basis relate to countries that are considered by AM Best to have low to moderate economic, political and financial system risk; however, exposures in Oman and Bahrain carry high economic and financial system risk.
GIG Gulf’s operating performance assessment considers the company’s history of strong overall profitability, with a five-year (2017-2021) weighted average return-on-equity ratio of 11.9%. The company’s earnings have been supported by a weighted average combined ratio of 95.6% over the same period.
GIG Gulf is diversified moderately by geography and line of business, commanding a top five position within each of its core markets: Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman. In 2022, GIG Gulf successfully rebranded its operations from AXA Insurance (Gulf) B.S.C. (c), whilst maintaining its competitive market position.
AM Best considers the company’s risk management capabilities to be relatively sophisticated. Furthermore, GIG Gulf has thus far demonstrated its ability to mitigate the execution risks associated with its recent acquisition by Gulf Insurance Group K.S.C.P. and has integrated into the group’s decentralised operating model successfully.
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