SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 10:14:46 Eastern Daylight Time

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Beneficial Insurance Limited

 Sin Yee Chuah
Financial Analyst
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Myles Gould
Director, Analytics
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 10:14:46 Eastern Daylight Time
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” of Beneficial Insurance Limited (BIL) (New Zealand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

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

BIL’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalization that is categorized as strongest, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). An offsetting balance sheet factor is the company’s small absolute capital base, which increases the sensitivity of its capital position to shock events and adverse changes in prospective performance, growth or dividend payouts. In addition, AM Best views the company to have limited financial flexibility, with a dependence on its single ultimate shareholder for financial support, if required. Over the medium term, AM Best expects the company’s strong internal capital generation will enable it to maintain its risk-adjusted capitalization at the strongest level.

BIL has a track record of strong operating performance, as demonstrated by a five-year average return on equity ratio of 25.2% (fiscal-years 2015-2019). Profitability over this period has been driven by favorable underwriting performance and stable investment returns. Prospectively, AM Best expects strong underwriting performance by BIL over the medium term, supported by continued low loss ratios and from gradually improving expense ratios, as the company executes its business growth plan and benefits from economies of scale.

BIL is a niche insurer that focuses on pet insurance in New Zealand. The company’s limited business profile assessment is largely a result of its small-scale operations, as well as product and geographical concentration in New Zealand. The company’s motor breakdown insurance product, which was launched in 2016, is forecast to grow in significance over the long term, but presently remains a small component of the company’s underwriting portfolio.

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AMB# Company Name
092576 Beneficial Insurance Limited