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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - DECEMBER 01, 2022 03:31 PM (EST)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of Colonnade Insurance S.A. (Colonnade) (Luxembourg), a member of the Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) [TSX: FFH] group of companies. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Colonnade’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
Colonnade benefits from the explicit and implicit support provided by Fairfax. This support includes a track record of maintaining capital in the form of contributions and investment management services. Fairfax’s commitment to Colonnade’s strong balance sheet assessment was evident in multiple capital contributions over its operating history, though in recent years, capital generation has been through investment returns and profitable underwriting. Going forward, AM Best expects that Colonnade will continue to support its business needs through organic capital generation, as it implements growth plans and continues to invest in company infrastructure.
Colonnade’s premium volume grew rapidly from 2016 through 2018, its first three years under Fairfax ownership, as a result of the rollover of books of business previously written by the operations of QBE Insurance Group Limited and American International Group, Inc. The risk associated with Colonnade’s premium growth in its first few years of operation was moderated by Colonnade’s high retention level of management and the staff that wrote the business under the former owners. The pace of growth has moderated in recent years, and there is an expectation that the moderate growth will continue.
Colonnade’s adequate operating performance has been driven by its very favorable loss performance, which is offset somewhat by a higher expense ratio. This performance is in line with the company’s strategic business plan, and it has improved steadily over the years since its inception. As Colonnade continues to mature, investments in underwriting efficiencies are expected to contribute to greater profitability. Colonnade has generated an underwriting profit consistently in all recent years.
The company’s neutral business profile reflects its concentration in Central and Eastern Europe, with the three largest countries—Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic—representing approximately 77% of the premium written. Concentration risk is offset by the dispersion of the remaining 23% of its business in three other central European countries and Colonnade’s diverse product offering.
AM Best considers the company’s risk management capability to be in line with its risk profile, and it is supported by the company’s focus on maintaining geographic and by-line diversity of its business, conservative reserving and per-risk reinsurance limits, supporting the assessment of appropriate. The company benefits from a comprehensive and well-documented ERM program and continues to grow more independent in its risk management functions, while continuing to benefit from the risk management expertise of its ultimate parent.
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