OLDWICK, N.J., September 23, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" (Excellent) of Dorinco Reinsurance Company (Dorinco) (Midland, MI), which is the captive reinsurance company of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Dorinco’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. Dorinco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liana Limited, which is ultimately a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow.
Dorinco’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed at the strongest level. The balance sheet strength also considers the company’s track record of overall positive reserve development, conservative investment strategy, good liquidity profile and the enhanced financial flexibility provided by its ultimate parent, Dow.
Dorinco has historically generated strong operating earnings, resulting in performance metrics that have consistently outperformed its composite group. In 2020, the company reported a net profit of USD 72.6 million (2019: USD 47.2 million) and a return-on-equity ratio of 11.5% (2019: 7.1%). Recent overall operating performance has been driven by the investment contribution as underwriting losses have manifested in recent years.
Dorinco issues direct property and liability insurance policies to Dow and certain related companies, and participates in property and casualty reinsurance treaties covering Dow or related parties with other insurance companies. The company also writes a book of uncorrelated third-party business that is largely comprised of non-standard auto, which involves short-tailed risks. This strategy serves to reduce the potential volatility of the Dow-related business and has proven successful for a number of years.
As a single-parent captive, Dorinco is well-integrated within the Dow group and plays a fundamental role in managing the group’s risk exposures. The company’s risk management capabilities are in line with its risk profile.
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