Press Release - NOVEMBER 30, 2018
A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of First Net Insurance Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 30, 2018
The ratings reflect First Net’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
First Net maintains solid risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The company benefits from stable business distribution through its affiliate, Moylan’s Insurance Underwriters, Inc. However, given First Net’s small capital size and premium scale, it is exposed to expense pressure, as well as potential volatility in underwriting results and risk-adjusted capitalization from large catastrophe events. The company mitigates these risks through a conservative reinsurance strategy and a high quality reinsurer panel.
Other positive rating factors include First Net’s conservative investment portfolio, and financial flexibility owing to support from the Moylan family. Other offsetting rating factors include a high dependency on reinsurance, as well as the catastrophe-exposed and competitive market in Guam.
Positive rating actions could occur if First Net demonstrates sustained improvement and a consistent trend in operating performance for an extended period, contributing to surplus growth.
Negative rating actions could occur if there is significant deterioration in the company’s operating performance, or if there are material capital or dividend payouts that lead to a substantial decline in its risk-adjusted capitalization.
Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication. Unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.
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