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A.M. Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of Guild Insurance Limited (GIL) (Australia).
The rating affirmations reflect GIL’s strong balance sheet, prudent reserving practice and established business profile in providing insurance products to the Australian allied health sector. The change in outlook recognizes the company’s continued initiatives to improve the sustainability of its earnings through remedial underwriting, product rationalization and process improvement.
These positive rating factors are partially offset by some uncertainty associated with GIL’s business expansion. As part of its strategy to transform itself from a niche allied health liability underwriter into a more broadly based mid-tier commercial insurance company, the company has
expansion plans aiming at new distribution channels. The prospective profitability of GIL’s operation will depend on how effectively this major transition is managed.
Positive rating actions may occur if GIL can continue to improve its underwriting performance, especially for the business underwritten through its new distribution channels. Negative rating actions could occur if there is a significant deterioration in risk-adjusted capitalization as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), accompanied by a downward trend in underwriting results.
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