In a release from A.M. Best, a global credit rating agency, the organisation has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Trinidad & Tobago Insurance Limited (TATIL) (Trinidad). The outlook for both ratings is stable.
The ratings reflect TATIL’s history of profitable overall operating performance, solid capitalization and the support it receives from its ultimate parent, ANSA McAL Limited (AMCL). AMCL is one of the largest diversified companies in the Caribbean and is publicly traded on the Trinidad & Tobago Stock Exchange.
TATIL has consistently produced favourable overall earnings, driven by strong underwriting and stable investment income. TATIL’s surplus has steadily appreciated and it maintains a strong level of risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio. TATIL benefits from support provided by AMCL in functional areas such as information technology and investment services.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is the geographic concentration of TATIL’s operations, its continuing challenge to maintain market share in extremely competitive markets and the potential impact from exposure to catastrophic events.
While the outlook for TATIL’s ratings is stable, positive rating actions could occur if the company outperforms its Caribbean peers, maintains strong capitalization and there is an improvement in the Trinidad & Tobago country risk tier. Negative rating actions could occur if there is a material decline in TATIL’s risk-adjusted capitalization or operating performance, outsized catastrophic losses when compared to peers or a downgrade of the Trinidad & Tobago country risk tier.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Insurance professionals, brokers, regulators and consumers refer to Best’s Credit Ratings as an opinion of the financial strength and creditworthiness of risk-bearing entities and investment vehicles.
Corporate Communications Department
ANSA McAL Group of Companies
Tuesday 03rd February, 2015
Tel: (868) 625-3670-75