NOVEMBER 26, 2019 12:02 PM (EST)

AM Best Removes From Under Review, Affirms Credit Ratings of Colina Insurance Limited and Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited

 Richard Francis
Senior Financial Analyst
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Anthony McSwieney
Senior Financial Analyst
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - NOVEMBER 26, 2019 12:02 PM (EST)
AM Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Colina Insurance Limited (Colina). Concurrently, AM Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb-” of Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited (CHBL) [BISX: CHL]. Both companies are domiciled in Nassau, Bahamas. Colina is a wholly owned subsidiary of its publicly traded parent, CHBL, which in turn is majority owned by AF Holdings Ltd. (AFH). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Colina’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

These rating actions follow the company’s comprehensive assessments of the financial impact to Colina following Hurricane Dorian in August. Immediately following the storm, there was disruption to the company’s distribution systems in the affected islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. The company also experienced a number of claims attributable to the hurricane, as well as a small increase in policy lapses from policyholders resident in the affected islands; however, the overall financial impact was limited. The storm’s most severe devastation occurred in the northern islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, where less than 20 percent of the company’s policyholders are located. The island of New Providence, where most of the country’s population and businesses are located, was largely spared.

The balance sheet strength assessment reflects the strongest level of risk-adjusted capital, the absence of leverage and good liquidity, which is partly offset by the company’s limited investment options and high concentration of sovereign debt holdings. The company’s mortgage loan portfolio sustained very limited impact due to the low number of loans in the hardest hit areas and property insurance coverage requirements. Operating performance remains strong with minimal impact to operating earnings resulting from the storm. AM Best expects consistent positive net earnings to continue supporting capital growth in the near term. The business profile assessment considers Colina’s position as a market leader in the Bahamas and creditworthy product offerings offset by its geographic concentration in the Bahamas. The company’s ERM framework and governance structure are appropriate for its risk profile.

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