MARCH 10, 2016 10:22 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of QBE Insurance Group Limited and Its Key Subsidiaries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LONDON - MARCH 10, 2016 10:22 AM (EST)
The ratings reflect A.M. Best’s expectation that the group’s consolidated risk-adjusted capitalisation will be maintained at a strong level. The group’s risk-adjusted capitalisation and financial leverage metrics improved in 2014 and in 2015, supported by a series of capital actions, which included the raising of equity, the refinancing of debt and the sale of non-core assets.
QBE benefits from a track record of good technical performance, as demonstrated by a five-year average combined ratio of 96% (2011-2015). Overall profits have been produced in each of the past five years, apart from in 2013, when a pre-tax loss was reported due to the write off of goodwill and intangible assets, primarily relating to the group’s North American business unit. For 2015, a combined ratio of 95% was reported, reflecting solid underwriting results across all QBE’s operational divisions and in spite of challenging conditions in its core markets.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the ICRs of “a” have been affirmed, with a stable outlook, for the following pooled members of QBE North America Insurance Group:
The following issue ratings have been affirmed, with a stable outlook:
QBE Insurance Group Limited—
— “bb+” on USD 550 million 6.797% perpetual preferred securities (issued by QBE Capital Funding II L.P. (Jersey) and guaranteed by QBE), of which USD 302 million remain outstanding
— “bb+” on GBP 300 million 6.857% perpetual preferred securities (issued by QBE Capital Funding L.P. (Jersey) and guaranteed by QBE), of which GBP 9 million remain outstanding
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