AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Ocean International Reinsurance Company Limited

MEXICO CITY, December 08, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long Term ICR) of "a-" (Excellent) of Ocean International Reinsurance Company Limited (Ocean Re) (Barbados). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Ocean Re’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The stable outlooks recognize the disciplined underwriting by the company to deploy its capital with profitable results through higher geographic diversification.

Ocean Re is a Barbados-based reinsurer, licensed as a Class 2 insurance company, which offers a diversified product mix worldwide with a relevant presence in Latin America. The company also offers facultative reinsurance programs that are fully funded to the projected ultimate losses of the company’s clients. Ocean Re’s business development strategy clearly identifies an increase in the proportion of traditional reinsurance in its portfolio, as compared with its captive portfolio.

Ocean Re’s regional geographic footprint has continued to expand, reaching into 127 countries, being able to further diversify its risks insured throughout Latin America, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, among other regions. To further improve its underwriting, the company has acquired some of its business partners’ operations (including personnel), gaining expertise and exclusivity over those channels, regions and markets.

The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization remains at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) and has benefited from a capital contribution received in early 2020 and profitable results up to July 31, 2022. The broadest geographic diversification could reflect in an improvement in required capital over the medium term; however, AM Best will continue to monitor the influence of the holding company on Ocean Re’s balance sheet strength due to its financial leverage and evolving corporate structure.

Ocean Re’s operating performance in 2021 and up to July 2022 resulted in positive net income, due to good levels of premium sufficiency derived from the nature of its captive business, as well as from an adequate retrocession program for its expanding traditional reinsurance lines. Up to July 2022, results have almost reached those of year-end 2021, pointing to a consolidation of the underwriting strategy in some markets, while others are still being developed, albeit appropriate ERM policies and procedures to mitigate any upcoming risk.

Negative rating actions could occur from material changes to risk-adjusted capitalization as a result of losses or materialization of implementation risk of the strategy. Negative rating actions could occur if there is an increase in the financial leverage of the holding company that puts pressure on the balance sheet strength of Ocean Re. Positive rating actions could take place in the medium term if the broader geographic diversification is able to maintain the current positive trend in operating performance.

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