LONDON, February 10, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” (Good) of the Joint-Stock Company Subsidiary of Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan Halyk Insurance Company (Halyk Insurance) (Kazakhstan). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

These ratings reflect Halyk Insurance’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.

Halyk Insurance’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and by its relatively conservative investment portfolio with good liquidity. In 2022, the company’s risk-adjusted capitalisation was supported by a decision to fully retain profits for 2021. A revised dividend policy that limits annual dividend distribution to a maximum of 50% of prior-year earnings will further support prospective internal capital generation. Offsetting balance sheet strength factors include the company’s dependence on reinsurance and its material exposure to the high financial system risk in Kazakhstan.

Underwriting results improved in 2022, with the company reporting a combined ratio of 93.2% (based on local GAAP), compared with 98.3% in 2021 (based on IFRS), as calculated by AM Best. Halyk Insurance’s results in 2022 were positively impacted by the transfer of its worker’s compensation portfolio, in line with a change in the domestic insurance regulation. This positive effect was partly offset by an increase in the loss ratio for the motor third-party liability portfolio, driven by claims inflation. Overall profitability has been strong, demonstrated by a five-year (2018-2022) weighted average return on equity of 13.7%, although this is partly the result of high investment returns, given Kazakhstan’s relatively high inflationary environment in recent years. Halyk Insurance is one of the leaders in its domestic non-life insurance market, ranking second as measured by gross written premiums in 2022.

AM Best does not consider Halyk Insurance’s financial strength to be affected by the weaker credit profile of its parent, Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan JSC (Halyk Bank). This reflects AM Best’s consideration of the regulatory protection that restricts extraction of capital from an insurer to its detriment.

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