SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 01:56 PM (EDT)
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of XL Bermuda Ltd and Its Main Property/Casualty Subsidiaries
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OLDWICK - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 01:56 PM (EDT)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” of XL Bermuda Ltd (Bermuda) and its property/casualty subsidiaries (collectively referred to as XL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
Concurrently, AM Best has upgraded the FSR to A+ (Superior) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR to “aa-” from “a-” of T.H.E. Insurance Company (T.H.E.) (Baton Rouge, LA). At the same time, AM Best has upgraded the FSR to A+ (Superior) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR to “aa-” from “bbb” of AXA Corporate Solutions Brasil e America Latina Resseguros S.A. (AXA CS Latam) (Brazil). The outlook of these ratings is stable.
The rating upgrades reflect the efforts to simplify the post-merger AXA XL organization. As a result, both T.H.E. and AXA CS Latam have been further incorporated into the operations and financials of XL Bermuda Ltd. This affords both companies more significant implicit and explicit support. As such, the credit profile of T.H.E. and AXA CS Latam now are in line with the overall group’s credit profile.
The ratings of XL reflect the organization’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also reflect XL’s strategic importance to, and alignment with AXA S.A. (AXA or AXA group), which enhances XL’s position in the global commercial property/casualty insurance sector. XL is considered well-integrated within the AXA group, and AM Best expects that prompt and sufficient operational and financial support will be made available from the AXA group to XL, should it be required.
In recent years, XL operating performance has been dampened by volatility in underwriting results. This volatility stems primarily from poorly performing primary insurance lines. However, XL has also been impacted by numerous catastrophe events in recent years, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. In February of 2020, XL hired a new CEO, Scott Gunter, and began the process of restructuring the leadership team to fit a new operating strategy. Along with the leadership changes, the group also began to re-evaluate business lines and make underwriting changes when necessary. These changes remain a fluid process, and AM Best anticipates improvement in the underlying underwriting performance as they are implemented. However, further deterioration in underlying operating performance could further stress the operating performance assessment in future years.
The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa-” have been affirmed, with stable outlooks for XL Bermuda Ltd and the following property/casualty subsidiaries:
The FSR has been upgraded to A+ (Superior) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs to “aa-” from “a-” with stable outlooks for the new members of XL Bermuda Ltd:
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