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A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of nib nz limited (nib nz) (New Zealand). The outlook for both ratings is stable.
The rating affirmations reflect nib nz’s strong balance sheet, stable and favorable operating performance, and strong liquidity position.
Offsetting these positive rating factors is the company’s growing underwriting leverage, which is generally higher than its peers.
nib nz is well positioned for the current ratings. Negative rating actions may occur if incorrect underwriting decisions and inadequate product pricing lead to underwriting losses, or there is a deviation from the capital management plan communicated to A.M. Best.
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