AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Bangkok Insurance Public Company Limited
SINGAPORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) of Bangkok Insurance Public Company Limited (BKI) (Thailand). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, AM Best has withdrawn these ratings as the company has requested to no longer participate in AM Best’s interactive rating process.
The ratings reflect BKI’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
BKI’s balance sheet strength assessment of very strong is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation, which was at the strongest level in 2021 and is expected to remain at least at the very strong level prospectively, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Capital adequacy is supported by the company’s low net underwriting leverage, albeit partially offset by a high-risk investment portfolio comprised of large and concentrated holdings in domestic equities. In addition, the company has a moderate dependence on reinsurance to manage exposure to catastrophe events, accumulations and large single risks.
AM Best views BKI’s operating performance as adequate, as evidenced by a five-year average return-on-equity ratio of 6.7% and a combined ratio of 91.5% (2017 to 2021). Notwithstanding this, the company reported underwriting losses in 2021 and for the first nine months of 2022 on account of a high frequency of COVID-19 claims pertaining to its lump-sum payment health product. Despite the poor performance of BKI’s health business over the past two years, underwriting results from the company’s core lines of motor, industrial-all-risks and fire insurance have remained profitable. Although technical and operating performance for the first nine months of 2022 has been unfavourable, AM Best expects results to improve prospectively, particularly following the coverage expiry of the company’s lump-sum COVID-19 health policies in mid-2022.
The business profile assessment of neutral reflects the company’s position as Thailand’s third largest non-life general insurer with an approximate 8.6% market share based on direct premium written in 2021. The company’s portfolio is moderately diversified by line of business, albeit with all business originating from Thailand.
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