OCTOBER 02, 2019 09:47:45 Eastern Daylight Time
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of TDC Insurance Company Limited
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - OCTOBER 02, 2019 09:47:45 Eastern Daylight Time
The ratings reflect TDCIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
TDCIC’s balance sheet strength is supported by risk-adjusted capitalization at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). However, the company is relatively small with less than USD 20 million in equity, and it relies heavily on the strength of its reinsurers to manage its catastrophe exposure, minimize earnings volatility and protect surplus. The ratings benefit from the company’s operating performance, which on average has been strong over the prior five-year period. Operating performance has historically been profitable due to the company’s prudent underwriting and conservative risk management strategies, as well as low frequency of hurricanes affecting its operating territories in recent years. TDCIC is a leading motor and property writer in the St. Kitts and Nevis markets. Although the company has a solid regional business presence, its business profile is limited as it operates primarily in St. Kitts and Nevis, which are vulnerable to price changes in key commodities and highly dependent upon tourism. Additional rating considerations include difficult local macroeconomic conditions and highly competitive market conditions. TDCIC has significant loss exposure in the region to catastrophic weather events; however, based on management’s view of this exposure, the risk is reduced materially by a reinsurance program backed by quality reinsurers. Prospectively, earnings remain subject to a mature, highly competitive regional market and catastrophe losses, given its exposure.
The stable rating outlooks reflect AM Best’s expectation that the company’s rating fundamentals will remain unchanged in the intermediate term, including balance sheet strength remaining in the very strong category and overall operating performance commensurate with similarly rated peers.
Negative rating action could occur should operating performance deteriorate over time due to a decline in underwriting standards, inadequate pricing, an upward trend in claims frequency or severity, changes in the regulatory, legislative or economic conditions in St. Kitts and Nevis or if risk-adjusted capitalization were to significantly weaken. This may occur from a material loss of surplus should catastrophic events exceed the limits of the company’s reinsurance protection.
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