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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Ansvar Insurance Limited

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) of Ansvar Insurance Limited (Ansvar) (Australia). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Ansvar’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. In addition, Ansvar’s ratings factor in rating enhancement to reflect its ownership, integration and support from Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc (EIO).

Ansvar’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), which is expected to remain at least at the very strong level over the medium term. Ansvar has prudent capital management in place, with a track record of financial flexibility to support its regulatory solvency position and risk-adjusted capitalisation. Ansvar experienced a higher-than-expected volume of physical and sexual abuse (PSA) claims over the past six years, predominantly arising from legacy exposures. Whilst there remains a high level of uncertainty surrounding provisioning in this area, Ansvar’s net exposure is limited by a PSA excess-of-loss cover provided by EIO. Other balance sheet considerations include the company’s low-risk investment portfolio and high reinsurance dependence to support the underwriting of large limit property risks and long-tail liability exposures.

AM Best assesses Ansvar’s operating performance as marginal. Operating performance metrics exhibited heightened volatility over the past five years, predominantly as a result of weather-related events and PSA claims. However, the company recorded positive operating earnings in 2022 and 2023, supported by recoveries arising from a stop loss reinsurance programme with EIO. Investment income continues to be a key contributor to overall earnings. In 2023, the company reported a net investment yield of 5.1%.

Ansvar is a niche insurer that provides commercial property and casualty products to its target customer groups in Australia, including care, community, faith, education, heritage and property owners. Ansvar has a long-established presence in its target niche sectors where it leverages its strong expertise and brand recognition. This advantage is offset partially by the company’s limited control over distribution, due to its reliance on non-affiliated intermediary channels.

Ansvar’s ratings incorporate rating enhancement from EIO, a U.K.-based insurance group that specialises in providing commercial insurance to the faith, heritage, charity, education and real estate sectors. EIO is itself a member of the specialty insurance, investment and broker and advisory group, Benefact Group plc. The rating enhancement reflects explicit support from EIO, including a series of capital injections and significant intra-group reinsurance protection to Ansvar. Both the PSA excess-of-loss cover and stop loss programme have been renewed for 2024, with these reinsurance arrangements expected to substantially limit downside risk to Ansvar’s operating performance and balance sheet strength fundamentals over the near term. Prospectively, AM Best expects group support to remain available if Ansvar’s performance volatility persists.

Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication. Unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Performance Assessments, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

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