MAY 21, 2020 04:52 PM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Scotia Insurance (Barbados) Limited
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - MAY 21, 2020 04:52 PM (EDT)
The ratings reflect Scotia Insurance’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Scotia Insurance is primarily a life reinsurer that ultimately is owned by The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank). Scotia Insurance principally reinsurers credit insurance policies underwritten by major third-party life insurance carriers on consumer loans originated by Scotiabank’s retail branches throughout Canada. The company has a long history of favorable underwriting results through conservative underwriting that has continued through 2019. The company is bolstered further by a favorable risk-adjusted capitalization and an investment portfolio that provides the entity with substantial liquidity.
These strengths are offset partially by Scotia Insurance’s dependence on consumer loan originations within Canada, which are likely to decline during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, coupled with a slowing of creditor insurance cross-sell on loans in recent years, is expected to lead to a decline in premium levels in the near term. Furthermore, the company maintains a high dividend payout ratio that has resulted in a lack of absolute capital expansion. However, AM Best notes that in a stress scenario, Scotia Insurance could recapitalize by adjusting its shareholder dividend payout.
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