A.M. Best Places Credit Ratings of Century Insurance Company (Guam) Limited Under Review With Negative Implications
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A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of Century Insurance Company (Guam) Limited (CIC Guam) (Guam).
These Credit Rating (rating) actions reflect the uncertainty surrounding the continuation of CIC Guam’s current book of business and distribution strategy due to the change in its exclusive managing general agent (MGA) agreement, which will be subject to further discussion over the remainder of 2017. This agency agreement was inaugurated in 2004.
CIC Guam’s risk-adjusted capitalization has improved and its operating performance remains positive. The company managed to increase its statutory capital and surplus position via retained earnings and an increase in admitted assets arising from improved overdue premium collection in 2016.
Offsetting rating factors include CIC Guam’s heavy reliance on its exclusive MGA for business and distribution support. CIC Guam also has generated an underwriting expense ratio over the past several years that is higher than that of its peers.
A.M. Best will continue to monitor closely the renewal status of CIC Guam’s MGA agreement and expects to resolve the under review with negative implications status following an assessment of the impact of the renewal status, and any contingency plans management will take should there be a material change in the company’s exclusive business distribution channel.
While positive rating actions are unlikely in the near term, negative rating actions could occur if CIC Guam’s risk-adjusted capitalization declines to a level that no longer supports its current ratings, or if there is significant deterioration in its business profile or operating performance due to the change in distribution strategy.
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