Press Release - FEBRUARY 21, 2019

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Positive for Somerset Reinsurance Ltd.

 Anthony McSwieney
Senior Financial Analyst
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William Pargeans
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Somerset Reinsurance Ltd. (Somerset Re) (headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda).

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

Somerset Re is a life and annuity reinsurer registered in Bermuda. The company is focused on providing underwriting and reinsurance solutions to the life reinsurance marketplace while also offering reinsurance capacity to companies in need of reinsurance solutions for in-force asset intensive business. Somerset Re also provides additional counterparty risk alternatives.

The revised outlooks reflect Somerset Re’s very strong level of risk-based capitalization measured in absolute terms and by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). AM Best anticipates the current capitalization level to support new business growth over the intermediate term without the need to access additional funding. Early profitability is noted as part of Somerset Re’s operating profile, with recent financial metrics in line with its submitted business plan.

Conversely, Somerset Re’s very strong capital profile is based on the limited amount of business generated by the company to date, at the early stage of its business plan. The company is backed by a very experienced reinsurance management team with deep ties to the industry. While the company has developed a trend in profitability, a limitation to the ratings level for the company will continue until a meaningful trend can be established over the near to intermediate term. It is noted that to date the company has been growing the business in line with the growth forecast in the original business plan. AM Best will continue to monitor the execution of Somerset Re’s growth to assess the reliability of the earnings profile and financial metrics as trends develop. AM Best anticipates that the company will continue with a profitable earnings profile going forward

Positive rating action could occur if the company is able to continue to demonstrate a trend of profitable operations along with a capital and business profile in line with the submitted business plan. Conversely, negative rating action could occur if the capital structure of the company declines due to adverse impacts from execution of the company’s business plan.

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AMB# Company Name
061751 Somerset Reinsurance Ltd.