OCTOBER 06, 2022 09:09 AM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of GIG Insurance - Egypt S.A.E.
|Emily Thompson |
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LONDON - OCTOBER 06, 2022 09:09 AM (EDT)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) of GIG Insurance - Egypt S.A.E. (GIG-Egypt) (Egypt). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect GIG-Egypt’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also factor in rating enhancement from GIG-Egypt’s parent company, Gulf Insurance Group K.S.C.P. (GIG), reflecting the strategic importance of GIG-Egypt to the group. In August 2022, it was announced that GIG-Egypt will acquire AIG Egypt Insurance Company S.A.E. (AIG Egypt). AIG Egypt holds a 1% share of Egypt’s non-life domestic market by gross written premium (GWP).
GIG-Egypt’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The company’s capital requirements are driven by investment risk, with the majority of its assets held in Egyptian government bonds and local real estate. Regulatory restrictions in Egypt limit the investment opportunities available to GIG-Egypt; however, the company’s capital position is sufficiently robust to absorb the higher risk charges associated with assets held locally. Furthermore, the company benefits from low underwriting leverage and has a history of internal capital generation. AM Best expects GIG-Egypt’s consolidated risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain at the strongest level. The assessment also considers GIG-Egypt’s exposure to high levels of economic, political and financial system risk from operating exclusively in Egypt.
GIG-Egypt has a record of generating strong earnings despite the challenging operating conditions and high inflationary environment of Egypt. GIG-Egypt generated a five-year (2017-2021) weighted average return on equity of 26.5% and has an excellent underwriting record, with a five-year (2017-2021) average combined ratio of 84.1%.
GIG-Egypt is the third-largest non-life insurer in its domestic Egypt market, measured by GWP, with a non-life market share of approximately 7%. However, the company’s profile is limited to its domestic market and is concentrated heavily toward the motor business line on a net premium basis. GIG continues to integrate its subsidiary operationally within the broader group, providing support in areas such as reinsurance purchasing, risk management, pricing and reserving, and investment management services. In addition, GIG has demonstrated its commitment to GIG-Egypt through the periodic capitalisation of retained earnings, providing funding for capital expenditures and by increasing its ownership stake.
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