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AM Best Maintains Under Review With Developing Implications Status for Credit Ratings of Randall & Quilter America Holdings Inc.’s Members


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OLDWICK - APRIL 26, 2024 01:58 PM (EDT)
AM Best has maintained the under review with developing implications status for the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a-” (Excellent) of Accredited Specialty Insurance Company (Gilbert, AZ), Accredited Surety and Casualty Company, Inc. (Orlando, FL) and Accredited Insurance (Europe) Limited (Malta), collectively known as Accredited.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Accredited’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

As per a trading update dated April 11, 2024, Randall & Quilter Insurance Holdings Ltd. (R&Q) announced that it is expected to realize adverse development of ~23% of the group’s net reserves for the year to Dec. 31, 2023, which includes the USD 64.2 million of adverse reserve development identified at the half-year 2023. This primarily relates to tail claim development, as well as inflation and abuse claim development across the group’s portfolio.

The ratings were placed under review with developing implications on Oct. 22, 2023, when R&Q entered into a conditional agreement to sell 100% of the equity interest in Randall & Quilter America Holdings Inc., the intermediate holding company of Accredited, to funds advised by the Onex Corporation. As of April 24, 2024, R&Q confirmed that shareholder approval, regulatory approvals, and customary consents from certain R&Q debt providers were on track for the sale to close by the second quarter of 2024.

The ratings are expected to remain under review with developing implications status until the sale process is complete, at which point AM Best will assess the quality and extent of support provided by Onex Corporation to Accredited and resolve the ratings review for Accredited.

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