JUNE 15, 2022 12:13 PM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of AmTrust Assicurazioni S.p.A.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMSTERDAM - JUNE 15, 2022 12:13 PM (EDT)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of AmTrust Assicurazioni S.p.A. (AmTrust Assicurazioni) (Italy). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect AmTrust Assicurazioni’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.
The ratings also consider, in the form of rating lift, AM Best’s expectation that the AmTrust group will provide financial support to the company if needed. In addition, the group provides reinsurance support to AmTrust Assicurazioni.
AmTrust Assicurazioni’s risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is assessed as strongest. The balance sheet strength assessment also reflects the company’s liquid and diversified investment portfolio, which is of high credit quality. An offsetting factor is the company’s high level of reinsurance dependence. However, the risks associated with this reinsurance dependence are mitigated partially by the excellent credit quality of its reinsurance panel and the collateral held against unrated reinsurance recoverables.
For 2021, the company reported pre-tax profits of EUR 12.3 million and a combined ratio of 84.9% (as calculated by AM Best). The company’s technical result in 2021 benefited from a one-off adjustment with reinsurers, which had a positive impact of approximately EUR 14 million. AmTrust Assicurazioni’s book of business was transferred from other AmTrust group entities in July 2020, and the 2021 result, therefore, reflects its first full year of business. Taking into account the historical performance of the transferred book, AM Best expects the company’s prospective performance to be commensurate with an adequate assessment, with earnings supported by a modest level of underwriting profitability and good investment returns.
AmTrust Assicurazioni primarily underwrites medical professional liability insurance (MPLI) business in Italy. Gross written premium amounted to EUR 270 million in 2021. The company has a strong market position in the Italian MPLI market, where it leverages its specialist expertise and has a market share of approximately 40%.
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