AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Topa Insurance Company and Dorchester Insurance Company, Ltd. Following Acquisition Announcement

OLDWICK, N.J., February 09, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of Topa Insurance Company (Calabasas, CA) and its subsidiary, Dorchester Insurance Company, Ltd. (U.S. Virgin Islands) (collectively referred to as Topa) remain unchanged following the announcement that Granada Financial Group, LLC (Granada) has entered into a definitive agreement with Topa Equities, Ltd. (dba Anderson Holdings) to acquire a controlling interest in Topa. Topa Equities, Ltd., which is the parent company of Topa, will retain a minority common equity stake in the business.

Despite the significant financial and operational benefits that Topa is expected to receive from the transaction, AM Best recognizes ongoing concerns with Topa’s recent reserve strengthening actions and the resulting impact on operating performance. Despite recent management initiatives intended to improve results, the outcome of these actions remains undetermined at present and will likely require additional time and conversations with management to determine the impact. Additionally, there remains some risk associated with the execution of the transaction. The ratings will remain under review until the close of the transaction and an assessment by AM Best of the post-transaction details. The transaction also is subject to regulatory approvals.

Topa’s ratings were initially placed under review with negative implications on July 7, 2022. This rating action followed the need for AM Best to have further discussions with company management regarding strategic business initiatives to improve operating performance over the near term, following deterioration in underwriting results in 2021 and in the first quarter of 2022. On Feb. 3, 2023, AM Best maintained the under review with negative implications status pending further discussions with management regarding these ongoing strategic business initiatives. AM Best will continue to monitor the group’s balance sheet strength, operating performance, business profile and enterprise risk management.

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Halyk Insurance Company JSC

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

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