FEBRUARY 03, 2023 09:46 AM (EST)
AM Best Assigns Credit Ratings to ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 03, 2023 09:46 AM (EST)
AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) to ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited (ICICI Lombard) (India). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect ICICI Lombard’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
ICICI Lombard’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation, which was at the strongest level as of fiscal year ending 31 March 2022 and is expected to remain at this level over the near to medium term, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Positive balance sheet factors include ICICI Lombard’s robust regulatory solvency position and its track record of strong internal capital generation, with shareholders’ equity having exhibited a five-year average compound annual growth rate of 16.5%, as calculated by AM Best (fiscal years 2018-2022). In addition, AM Best views the company as having strong financial flexibility. Partially offsetting these positive balance sheet factors are the company’s moderate risk investment portfolio, which includes significant exposure to equities, and fixed income securities that are non-rated on an international rating scale.
AM Best views ICICI Lombard’s operating performance as strong, with a five-year average return-on-equity ratio of 18.5%, as calculated by AM Best (fiscal years 2018-2022). Underwriting performance deteriorated in fiscal year 2022 on account of elevated COVID-19 claims from the health business. However, claims experience has improved in the first nine months of fiscal year 2023, resulting in a combined ratio of 106% as compared to 110% in fiscal year 2022, as calculated by AM Best. Prospectively, AM Best expects underwriting performance to remain pressured by competitive market conditions; however, investment income is expected to continue to support strong overall earnings.
The business profile assessment of neutral reflects the company’s position as the second-largest non-life general insurer in India, with an overall market share of 8.1% based on fiscal year 2022 gross domestic premium income. The addition of the insurance business of Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Limited has enhanced the scale and market position of ICICI Lombard. AM Best views the company’s portfolio to be well-diversified by line of business, albeit with all premiums emanating from India.
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