Press Release - MARCH 01, 2019

AM Best Downgrades Credit Ratings of Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited; Places Credit Ratings Under Review


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SINGAPORE - MARCH 01, 2019
AM Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B- (Fair) from B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bb-” from “bbb-” of Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited (RICB) (Bhutan). Additionally, AM Best has placed these Credit Ratings (ratings) under review with negative implications.

The rating downgrades reflect a deterioration in AM Best’s view of RICB’s balance sheet strength fundamentals. While RICB has yet to finalize its year-end 2018 financial statements, AM Best expects the company to record an operating loss for the year, driven by a provision held against non-performing loans arising from its credit finance business. The impact of the operating loss is anticipated to result in a significant reduction in RICB’s reported shareholders’ equity, which AM Best expects will lead to weakened risk-adjusted capitalization at year-end 2018, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). In addition, the latest rating actions reflect concern over the company’s liquidity position and its ability to strengthen its capital base, as well as to comply with local regulatory solvency requirements.

The under review with negative implications status reflects the uncertainty that remains around the finalization of RICB’s year-end 2018 financial position and prospective expectations. In order to resolve the under review status, AM Best expects to conduct a full assessment of RICB’s 2018 and forward-looking balance sheet strength and operating performance fundamentals. In addition, AM Best will undertake a further review of the company’s risk management practices and consider any remedial actions being implemented to manage its exposure to non-performing loans.

The ratings reflect RICB’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.

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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093021 Royal Insurance Corp of Bhutan Ltd