AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) of Eurasia Insurance Company JSC (Eurasia) (Kazakhstan). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Eurasia’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as the company’s strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Eurasia’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation, which is comfortably above the minimum requirement for the strongest assessment, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR),and provides the company with sufficient capital buffers to absorb the impact of adverse fluctuations in its operating environment. Whilst the company has a conservative approach to investment portfolio allocation, its asset base remains heavily exposed to the high financial system risk in Kazakhstan. In addition, offsetting rating factors include Eurasia’s exposure to catastrophe risk in Kazakhstan and internationally, as well as the lack of modelling capabilities.
AM Best also notes the weaker credit profile of Eurasia’s parent, Eurasian Financial Company JSC (EFC), primarily due to its ownership of JSC Eurasian Bank. In AM Best’s opinion, Eurasia derives limited financial flexibility and liquidity from its parent. However, no rating drag has been applied to Eurasia’s ratings from EFC, in view of regulatory restrictions in Kazakhstan that prohibit extraction of capital from an insurance subsidiary to its detriment.
AM Best assesses Eurasia’s operating performance as strong, with the company reporting a five-year (2018-2022) weighted average combined ratio of 91.1% and return on equity of 21.5%. Whilst technical results have been subject to volatility, the company has reported positive operating earnings in each of the past 10 years, supported by solid investment returns. Underwriting results have been relatively stable in recent years, and the company is taking actions to withstand the impact of uncertain macroeconomic conditions by adjusting premium rates and adopting prudent risk selection for its motor third-party liability portfolio. AM Best expects Eurasia’s operating performance over the underwriting cycle to remain in line with the strong assessment level.
Eurasia has a dominant role in the local (re)insurance market and benefits from geographic diversification through international inward reinsurance. It is the largest (re)insurance company in Kazakhstan, with a market share of approximately 21%, based on 2022 combined non-life and life market premiums (31% share of the non-life market). The company’s international reinsurance portfolio provides diversification and accounts for approximately 46% of premiums written in 2022. This business primarily emanates from the United States, India and the United Kingdom, where the company maintains long-standing relationships with its cedants. However, Eurasia faces strong competition in international markets from companies with more established profiles.
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