NOVEMBER 09, 2020 08:30 AM (EST)

Best’s Commentary: Philippine Insurers Remain Under Pressure With Rejected Proposal to Amend Minimum Capital Rule


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SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 09, 2020 08:30 AM (EST)
AM Best believes local companies in the Philippine insurance industry will still face significant pressure on underwriting growth and profitability amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the recent rejection of a proposal to relax minimum capital requirements.

A new Best’s Commentary, titled, “Philippine Insurance: Dropped Proposal to Amend Minimum Capital Rule May Have Mixed Impact,” notes that the government has stood firm on the capitalisation requirement, which is to be met by 2022. According to the commentary, the requirement not only prompted capital injections in the market to strengthen the insurers’ capitalisation, but also led to increased merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Philippines’ highly fragmented insurance market. However, in view of the economic fallout from COVID-19, AM Best notes that there is a possibility that M&A momentum and the impetus to shore up capital positions may falter over the near term.

All insurers will need to have a minimum net worth of at least PHP 1.3 billion by 31 December 2022. Many small- and medium-sized companies will need to bolster their capital bases to comply with the increasing minimum net worth requirements, and given the remaining time period, AM Best expects that this will likely be achieved through capital raised with new/existing shareholders, rather than through internal capital generation.

To access the full copy of this commentary, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=302761 .

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specialising in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City.