Press Release - JULY 03, 2019

AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Century Insurance Company (Guam) Limited Under Review With Positive Implications

 Yizhou Hong
Financial Analyst
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Jason Shum
Associate Director, Analytics
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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HONG KONG - JULY 03, 2019
AM Best has placed under review with positive implications the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Century Insurance Company (Guam) Limited (CIC Guam) (Guam).

These Credit Rating (rating) actions reflect the potential improvement in CIC Guam’s business profile, as well as the potential support from its new majority shareholder, DB Insurance Co., Ltd. (DBI), following the announcement on July 1, 2019 by DBI that it has signed an agreement with CIC Guam’s parent company, Tan Holdings Corporation (THC). Under the agreement, DBI will acquire an 80 percent stake in each of THC’s three insurance subsidiaries, including CIC Guam and two other insurers in Saipan and Papua New Guinea. DBI also is expected to secure the management rights in all three companies. In AM Best’s view, the acquisition could enhance CIC Guam’s underwriting efficiency and market competitiveness as its business integrates with DBI’s existing Guam branch, which started operations in 1984 and maintains a leading position in the Guam property/casualty market. Both entities’ underwriting portfolios are focused on commercial accounts and together comprise approximately a quarter of Guam’s non-life market share.

The transaction remains subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second half of 2019. CIC Guam’s ratings will remain under review until the close of the transaction, while AM Best continues to conduct further discussions with CIC Guam’s and DBI’s management teams to fully assess the impact to CIC Guam’s credit profile.

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