The credit rating of JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company” (hereinafter, Russian Re, or the Company) is based on its strong business profile and moderately strong financial profile coupled with adequate management quality. The rating is supported by the expected strong operating performance and high liquidity and asset quality assessments.
The change in outlook to Positive reflects ACRA’s expectation of a possible increase in the capital adequacy assessment within the 12 to 18–month horizon.
Russian Re is a reinsurance company operating since 1992. The Company is positioned as a specialized reinsurer dealing with property, energy, and engineering risks. The largest shareholders of Russian Re are Chubb Russia Investments Limited (23.3%), Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited (22.5%), Andrey Poliakov (22.03%) and Teymuraz Batiashvili (21.64%). The Company’s reinsurance portfolio includes property (89.5%), motor (5.4%) and other (5.1%) types of risk.
Key rating assessment factors
Moderately strong financial profile of Russian Re is based on the capital adequacy assessment, which is gradually growing but remains the weakest component of the financial profile. At the same time, asset quality assessment (high) and liquidity assessment (strong) stand at higher levels, but they have no influence on the financial profile assessment.
Capital adequacy assessment is affected by the low ratio of capital to minimum capital (1.99) required for reinsurance activities, and by the above medium ratio of available capital to capital at risk (1.8). The capital at risk estimations are dominated by the scenarios of growing insurance portfolio losses and increasing loss reserves. The available capital is notably influenced by the deduction of minimum capital made in accordance with ACRA’s methodology.
High asset quality assessment (1.5) is due to the high capital to assets ratio (0.36) and low asset risk index (1.9). However, the asset quality assessment is reduced by 0.5 points owing to high concentration of assets.
Strong current (1.31) and long-term (1.23) liquidity assessments resulted from sufficient volume of highly liquid assets on the Company’s balance.
Strong business profile of the Company is based on its stable market position and strong operating performance expected in the short- and medium-term. The external environment quality (above medium) provides moderate additional support to the Company’s business profile assessment (strong).
Russian Re’s stable market position is determined by medium customer base diversification, good quality of reinsurance products, and medium diversification of sales channels. The Company’s share in the Russian insurance market is insignificant (less than 1% in 2018); however, it ranks among the top 20 companies in the corporate property insurance segment.
Strong assessment of Russian Re’s operating performance is based on the anticipated combined loss ratio of less than 0.9 in 2019. The Company’s actual combined ratio stood at 0.88 at the end of 2018. The growth rate of insurance premiums is expected to match the market average.
Management quality is assessed as adequate due to positive evaluations of management experience and structure, as well as of an actuarial function. Other components of management quality received neutral assessments.
At the same time, the Agency points to the progress that the Company has achieved as far as the organization of the risk management function is concerned.
- Maintaining the main provisions of the Russian legislation regarding regulation of insurers’ capital adequacy;
- Implementing the Company’s business plans within the 12 to 18–month horizon in accordance with its forecast.
Potential outlook or rating change factors
The Positive outlook assumes that the rating will most likely change within the 12 to 18–month horizon.
A positive rating action may be prompted by:
- Capital increase.
A negative rating action may be prompted by:
- Growth of the combined loss ratio above the forecasted level;
- Significant decline of the Company’s gross reinsurance premium below the forecasted level.
Standalone creditworthiness assessment (SCA): a.
Adjustments: there are no grounds for applying adjustments.
There are no outstanding issues.
The credit rating has been assigned under the national scale for the Russian Federation based on the Methodology for Credit Ratings Assignment to Insurance Companies Under the National Scale for the Russian Federation, and the Key Concepts Used by the Analytical Credit Rating Agency Within the Scope of Its Rating Activities.
The credit rating of JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company” was first published by ACRA on June 9, 2017. The credit rating and its outlook are expected to be revised within one year following the publication date of this press release.
The assigned credit rating is based on the data provided by JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company”, information from publicly available sources, as well as ACRA’s own databases. The rating analysis was performed using the SSAS and IFRS statements of JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company”. The credit rating is solicited, and JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company” participated in its assignment.
No material discrepancies between the provided information and the data officially disclosed by JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company” in its financial statements have been discovered.
ACRA provided additional services to JSC “Russian Reinsurance Company”. No conflicts of interest were discovered in the course of credit rating assignment.