AM Best confirms credit ratings of Ocean International Reinsurance Company Limited


AM Best confirmed the financial strength rating of A- (excellent) and the long-term issuer credit rating of “a-” (excellent) of Ocean International Reinsurance Company Limited (Ocean Re) (Barbados). The outlook for these credit ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect the strength of Ocean Re’s balance sheet, which AM Best considers to be the strongest, as well as its adequate operational performance, neutral business profile and appropriate management of corporate risks.

The stable outlook recognizes the disciplined underwriting of the company to deploy its capital with profitable results in an adverse economic cycle.

Ocean Re is a Barbadosreinsurer, licensed as a class 2 insurance company, which offers a diverse product line around the world with a major presence in Latin America. The Company also offers fully funded facultative reinsurance programs based on expected ultimate losses of the Company’s customers. Its business development strategy clearly identifies an increase in the share of traditional reinsurance in its portfolio, compared to its captive portfolio.

Ocean Re’s regional geographic footprint continues to expand, reaching 111 countries across Latin America and other countries beyond the region. Ocean Re foresees significant growth potential in key markets and regions such as Middle East and North Africa, the Inter-African Conference on Insurance Markets (CIMA) and the Far East, which would continue to diversify the portfolio.

The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization remains at the highest level as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR) and has benefited from a capital injection received in early 2020 and profitable results until June 30, 2021. AM Best will continue to monitor the strength of Ocean Re’s balance sheet, particularly given the influence its holding company has over it due to its financial leverage and the changing corporate structure.

Ocean Re’s operational performance in 2020 and 2021 translated into a positive net result, due to good levels of premium sufficiency resulting from the nature of its captive activities, as well as an adequate retrocession program for its lines. of traditional reinsurance companies in expansion. So far 2021 is proving to be a year of consolidation, with the company performing well in new markets and successfully expanding its distribution channels.

Negative rating actions could arise as a result of significant changes in risk-adjusted capitalization following large losses or if Ocean Re fails to successfully implement its business strategy. Negative rating actions could also take place in the event of an increase in the financial leverage of the holding company, which puts pressure on the strength of Ocean Re’s balance sheet. Positive rating actions are not planned in the medium term.

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