Best’s News & Research Service - July 15, 2022 11:09 AM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Beazley’s Lloyd’s Syndicates and Beazley plc Subsidiaries
- July 15, 2022 11:09 AM (EDT)
London //BestWire// - AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Ratings (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of “a+” (Excellent) of Lloyd’s Syndicate 2623, Lloyd’s Syndicate 623, Lloyd’s Syndicate 3623 and Lloyd’s Syndicate 3622 (the syndicates) (United Kingdom). Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSRs of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” (Excellent) of Beazley Insurance Designated Activity Company (BIDAC) (Ireland), Beazley Insurance Company, Inc. (BICI) (Farmington, CT) and Beazley America Insurance Company, Inc. (Beazley America) (Farmington, CT). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings of BIDAC, BICI and Beazley America reflect the consolidated balance sheet strength of Beazley plc (Beazley) [LSE: BEZ], which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as the group’s strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
BIDAC, BICI and Beazley America are strategically important to and integrated with Beazley. These three companies are owned ultimately by Beazley, which is the non-operating holding company and consolidating rating unit for the group.
BIDAC reinsures 75% of the profit or loss of the distribution of Syndicates 2623 and 3623 to Beazley’s Lloyd’s corporate member (after a deductible) and is the group’s main regulated operating entity in the European Union, whereas BICI and Beazley America are Beazley’s admitted carriers in the United States.
Beazley’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Balance sheet strength is supported by prudent reserving and a conservative investment strategy. While the group has sufficient funds to support its projected growth, the buffer of capital that it holds above the strongest level, as measured by BCAR, has deteriorated to a more marginal level.
Beazley’s strong operating performance is evidenced by its five-year (2017-2021) weighted-average return on equity of 8.5% and combined ratio of 98.6% (as calculated by AM Best). In 2021, Beazley reported a net profit of USD 308.7 million, driven by material strengthening of premium rates, a relatively benign loss environment, and prior-year reserve releases across all lines of business. Whilst Beazley’s earnings remain exposed to possible volatility relating to potential catastrophe losses and increasing claims costs, AM Best expects the group’s cross-cycle underwriting performance to remain strong, supported by its selective underwriting.
Beazley has a well-established profile, with a strong franchise as an internationally recognised insurance group operating principally at Lloyd’s. The group’s gross written premiums reached USD 4.6 billion in 2021 and is expected to continue to expand in the medium term. During the first quarter of 2022, premiums increased by 27% compared with the same period in the prior year, driven largely by strengthening premium rates.
The syndicates are managed by Beazley Furlonge Limited, and their ratings reflect the financial strength of the Lloyd’s market, which underpins the security of all syndicates. The capital of Syndicates 2623, 3623 and 3622 is provided by Beazley via its corporate member, whilst Syndicate 623 is supported by third-party capital.
Syndicates 2623 and 623 have a record of good performance and maintain a resilient position in the Lloyd’s market. Together, they underwrite business at Lloyd’s in parallel, with their shares of combined business split according to each syndicate’s portion of overall combined capacity. Syndicate 3623 writes personal accident and market facilities at Lloyd’s, in addition to providing reinsurance to Beazley’s U.S.-admitted carrier, BICI. Syndicate 3622 is a dedicated syndicate writing life insurance business associated with Syndicate 3623’s accident and sports portfolio.
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