MAY 17, 2023 12:53 PM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Seguros G&T, S.A. and Afianzadora G&T S.A.
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MEXICO CITY - MAY 17, 2023 12:53 PM (EDT)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) of Seguros G&T, S.A. (SG&T) (Guatemala). AM Best also has affirmed the FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) of Afianzadora G&T S.A. (AG&T) (Guatemala). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings of SG&T reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The ratings of AG&T reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM. The ratings of AG&T also recognize its affiliation and importance to SG&T and GTC Investments, Ltd. (GTC).
SG&T was established in 1947 and is the second-largest insurer in Guatemala, with a market share of 14%. The company’s product portfolio is composed mainly of property/casualty (62%), accident & health (28%) and life (10%), as of December 2022. SG&T holds very competitive positions across most lines within Guatemala’s insurance industry due to its permanence and brand recognition. AG&T was established in 1977 as the sister company of SG&T to underwrite surety business separately from other insurance operations.
SG&T and AG&T are privately owned by GTC, the non-operating holding company of the Grupo Financiero G&T Continental financial conglomerate.
AM Best views SG&T and AG&T’s business profile as neutral, based on the companies’ top market position, their brand recognition and experienced management. AM Best’s stable market segment outlook on Guatemala’s insurance industry recognizes its economy’s dynamism to foster conditions for industry growth. The companies’ technical and managerial capabilities continue to support their strategy, mainly in core segments like individual motor and the health business.
AM Best assesses SG&T’s balance sheet strength at the strongest level, due to its capacity to protect its balance sheet as reflected in AM Best’s risk-adjusted capitalization assessment; these factors are driven by a sound capital management including a comprehensive reinsurance program, conservative investment portfolio and appropriate asset liability management practices. AG&T derives its very strong assessment on capitalization the same way as its sister company but remains limited by the volume of its capital. Both companies report consistently profitable results, which are reflected in their growing capital bases. Despite being subject to dividend payments, AG&T’s asset base has a conservative risk profile.
AM Best considers SG&T and AG&T’s operating performance as adequate. SG&T’s technical result for year-end 2022 remained positive, backed by improvements in Guatemala’s non-life segment. The adequate assessment also considers the company’s efforts to continue creating savings and efficiencies on the expense side while aiming to improve underwriting quality. AM Best will continue to monitor SG&T’s operating performance, as the competitive environment in Guatemala’s market continues to evolve.
As a surety company, AG&T’s business profile benefits from the ceded premium commissions derived from its reinsurance program. As of December 2022, AG&T has maintained good bottom line results of USD 3.3 million. AM Best believes this growth will continue to be managed within the company’s risk appetite while it maintains positive bottom line results.
The stable outlooks for SG&T’s ratings reflect the company’s technical capabilities to maintain profitable underwriting with a glide path for more disciplined underwriting in 2023.
The stable outlooks for AG&T’s ratings are derived from the company’s very strong level of balance sheet strength and conservative underwriting. The importance of the reinsurance program limits income volatility and facilitates a more balanced operating performance.
Negative rating actions could occur if SG&T’s operating performance deteriorates as a result of pressures in the quality of underwriting or from a downturn in the economic cycle. Negative rating actions also could also take place if the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization deteriorates due to catastrophic events substantially affecting its capital base.
For AG&T, negative rating actions could result from a substantial change in the reinsurance program that increases risk taking to levels not matching AM Best’s assessment for the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization or by constant losses. The ratings also could be affected negatively if AM Best’s view regarding support from SG&T or the group diminishes.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology (Version Nov. 13, 2020), which provides a comprehensive explanation of AM Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
Key insurance criteria reports utilized:
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