JULY 29, 2016 08:48 AM (EDT)
A.M. Best Upgrades Ratings of JRG Reinsurance Company, Ltd. and Its Affiliates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - JULY 29, 2016 08:48 AM (EDT)
The ratings reflect JRG Re’s strong operating performance and supportive risk-adjusted capitalization due to its solid business profile and successful execution of its business strategy. This includes earnings from the company’s initiatives in writing third-party working layer reinsurance business from U.S.-based specialty insurers, which has been supplemented by business derived from affiliated quota share reinsurance agreements. These positive rating factors are partially offset by the challenges presented by a competitive casualty reinsurance market.
The company has increased its policyholder surplus through the first six months of 2016. Its consolidated combined ratios have consistently been in the low nineties, which reflect sustainable improvements over results since 2012. Improved underwriting results reflect the impact of the company’s underwriting discipline. JRG Re targets small to medium-sized specialty companies and maintains a diversified reinsurance portfolio weighted toward short- to intermediate-tail casualty business. The balance of the company’s written premium is derived from the net retained property/casualty exposures of the six U.S.-based affiliates.
The ratings could be positively impacted by the combined insurance operations continuing to demonstrate improvement in underwriting results across its segments or continued advancement in balance sheet strength. The ratings could be negatively impacted by less-than-optimal underwriting results in any one segment or balance sheet strength that does not support the risk profile.
The U.S. affiliates’ ratings are directly correlated to the ratings of JRG Re and receive full rating enhancement due to the explicit and implicit support provided by JRG Re.
The FSRs have been upgraded to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the ICRs upgraded to “a” from “a-” for JRG Reinsurance Company, Ltd. and its following affiliates:
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