Conduit Re welcomes AM Best affirming A- ratingSource: RNS
The headline for the Conduit Holdings Limited announcement released on 20 December 2022 at 07:00 under RNS No 2438K should read 'Conduit Re welcomes AM Best affirming A- rating'.
The announcement text is unchanged and is reproduced in full below.
Pembroke, Bermuda - 16 December 2022
Conduit Holdings Limited
Conduit Re welcomes AM Best affirmation of A- (Excellent) rating
On 15 December 2022, the rating agency AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a-" (Excellent) of Conduit Reinsurance Limited (Conduit Re) (Bermuda). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
In its release, the agency noted that "The ratings reflect Conduit Re's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. Conduit Re's balance sheet strength is underpinned by the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). BCAR scores are expected to remain comfortably in excess of the strongest threshold as the company executes its business plans and grows its reinsurance portfolio. The company has good capital quality without any debt leverage, a conservative investment strategy focused on debt securities and a reinsurance programme of excellent credit quality."
Trevor Carvey, Conduit Re Chief Executive Officer commented:
"We welcome AM Best's affirmation of Conduit Re's rating. Within one of the best market environments of the last few decades, this affirmation validates the strategy of Conduit Re and the strength of its balance sheet. With our pure-play reinsurance focus, legacy-free balance sheet and selective underwriting we are fully engaged to accelerate our growth in exceptional market conditions."
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About Conduit Re
Conduit Re is a pure play global reinsurance business based in Bermuda. Conduit Reinsurance Limited is licensed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority as a Class 4 insurer. A.M. Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of a- (Excellent) to Conduit Reinsurance Limited. The outlook assigned to these ratings is stable.
Conduit Holdings Limited is the ultimate parent of Conduit Reinsurance Limited and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: CRE).
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Forward-looking statements may and often do differ materially from actual results. Forward-looking statements reflect Conduit Re's current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks relating to future events and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to Conduit Re's business, results of operations, financial position, liquidity, prospects, growth and strategies. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to: the possibility of greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity than Conduit Re's underwriting, reserving or investment practices have anticipated; the reliability of catastrophe pricing, accumulation and estimated loss models; the actual development of losses and expenses impacting estimates for claims which arose as a result of recent loss activity such as the Ukraine crisis, Hurricanes Ian and Ida, and the European storms and floods in 2021; the impact of complex causation and coverage issues associated with attribution of losses to wind or flood damage; unusual loss frequency or losses that are not modelled; the effectiveness of Conduit Re's risk management and loss limitation methods, including to manage volatility; the recovery of losses and reinstatement premiums from our own reinsurance providers; the development of Conduit Re's technology platforms; a decline in Conduit Re's ratings with A.M. Best or other rating agencies; the impact that Conduit Re's future operating results, capital position and ratings may have on the execution of Conduit Re's business plan, capital management initiatives or dividends; Conduit Re's ability to implement successfully its business plan and strategy during 'soft' as well as 'hard' markets; the premium rates which are available at the time of renewals within Conduit Re's targeted business lines; increased competition on the basis of pricing, capacity or coverage terms and the related demand and supply dynamics as contracts come up for renewal; the successful recruitment, retention and motivation of Conduit Re's key management and the potential loss of key personnel; the credit environment for issuers of fixed maturity investments in Conduit Re's portfolio; the impact of swings in market interest rates, currency exchange rates and securities prices; changes by central banks regarding the level of interest rates and the timing and extent of any such changes; the impact of inflation or deflation in relevant economies in which Conduit Re operates; Conduit Re becoming subject to income taxes in the United States or in the United Kingdom; and changes in insurance or tax laws or regulations in jurisdictions where Conduit Re conducts business. Forward-looking statements contained in this trading update may be impacted by the escalation or expansion of the Ukraine conflict on Conduit Re's clients, the volatility in global financial markets and governmental, regulatory and judicial actions, including coverage issues.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. No representation or warranty is made that any forward-looking statement will come to pass. These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement. Conduit Re disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect actual results or any change in the assumptions, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based unless required to do so by law or regulation.
"Estimated ultimate premiums written" is the estimated total gross premiums written that is expected to be earned assuming all bound contracts run to the end of the period of cover, after management discount for prudence.
The Conduit Re renewal year on year indicative pricing change measure is an internal methodology that management intends to use to track trends in premium rates of a portfolio of reinsurance contracts. The change measure reflects management's assessment of relative changes in price, exposure and terms and conditions. It is also net of the estimated impact of claims inflation. The calculation involves a degree of judgement in relation to comparability of contracts and the assessment noted above, particularly in Conduit Re's initial years of underwriting. To enhance the methodology, management may revise the methodology and assumptions underlying the change measure, so the trends in premium rates reflected in the change measure may not be comparable over time. Consideration is only given to renewals of a comparable nature so it does not reflect every contract in the portfolio of Conduit Re contracts. The future profitability of the portfolio of contracts within the change measure is dependent upon many factors besides the trends in premium rates.