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APRIL 29, 2021 10:24 AM (EDT)

Best’s Special Report: Key Performance Indicators More Meaningful Under IFRS 17

 Tony Silverman
Director, Credit Rating Criteria,
Research & Analytics
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Mahesh Mistry
Senior Director, Credit Rating Criteria,
Research & Analytics
+44 20 7397 0325
Richard Banks
Director, Industry Research – EMEA
+44 20 7397 0322

Edem Kuenyehia
Director, Market Development
& Communications
+44 20 7397 0280


LONDON - APRIL 29, 2021 10:24 AM (EDT)
As IFRS 17 moves from the standard setting to implementation stage, a new chapter has opened, bringing with it fresh uncertainties. Stakeholders are starting to debate what users of (re)insurance company financial reporting will do with the new data and what the likely key performance indicators (KPIs) will be under IFRS 17. A new report from AM Best, “Key Performance Indicators More Meaningful Under IFRS 17”, explores some of the challenges and opportunities that it has identified as stemming from the new framework, as well as some of the KPIs it believes will be critical for both (re)insurers’ financial stakeholders and (re)insurers themselves.

These include the calculation of net of reinsurance combined ratios, claims ratios and expense ratios, non-life deferred acquisition costs (DAC) in capital models, the use of contractual service margin (CSM) disclosure, and the behaviour of return on equity (ROE) under the new standard. Report author Tony Silverman said: “A closer link between accounting ROEs and underlying profitability should provide more transparency for financial stakeholders.”

Silverman added, “AM Best does not expect IFRS 17 to have a direct impact on credit ratings, as the economic reality assessed by credit ratings will remain unchanged. Nevertheless, the content of analysis, the KPIs used, the terminology and the conversations with insurers will all change, and rating committees will be making their assessments utilising the new data.”

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AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specialising in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City.