AUGUST 14, 2018 03:05 PM (EDT)
A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of James River Group Holdings Ltd and Subsidiaries; Assigns Credit Ratings to Carolina Re Ltd
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - AUGUST 14, 2018 03:05 PM (EDT)
The ratings of JRG Holdings’ operating subsidiaries reflect their balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as their adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
The rating affirmations reflect the organization’s very strong level of risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by the Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, which is supported by the annual generation of earnings. Operating performance is supported by consistent performance across underwriting and investment results. JRG Holdings has a solid position in the excess and surplus lines market as a primary writer and assuming company. A.M. Best acknowledges the group’s formalized and well-developed ERM program, noting the clearly defined risk appetite and tolerance levels.
The stable outlooks take into consideration the expectation of ongoing supportive risk-adjusted capital, overall operating profitability, and sustained business profile competencies. The ratings could be positively impacted by demonstrated improvement in underwriting results across segments or continued advancement in balance sheet strength. The ratings could be negatively impacted by less than optimal underwriting results in any one segment, significantly adverse reserve development, or a sudden decline in risk-adjusted capital.
The ratings assigned to Carolina Re reflect its key role as a member of JRG Holdings. Factors supporting the relationship are common ultimate ownership and management, and strategic alignment across the organization. In addition, Carolina Re provides explicit financial support to affiliated companies through a quota-share reinsurance treaty.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” of the following subsidiaries of James River Group Holdings, Ltd. have been affirmed with a stable outlook:
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