AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#insurance–AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) to CattRe S.A. (CattRe) (Luxembourg). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect CattRe’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.
The ratings also consider, in the form of rating lift, AM Best’s expectation that Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali) will provide explicit support to CattRe if needed.
CattRe’s balance sheet strength benefits from its risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), which was at the strongest level in 2020. AM Best expects the company’s risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain at the strongest level through the medium term. Limiting factors to the balance sheet strength assessment include the company’s dependence on retrocession and the potential for volatility in capitalisation metrics, driven by the company’s small capital base.
CattRe’s operating performance has been in line with management’s expectations since Societa Cattolica di Assicurazione S.p.A. (Cattolica) acquired the company in 2018. In 2020, the company reported a pre-tax profit of EUR 5 million and a combined ratio of 88% (as calculated by AM Best). Technical results are expected to remain stable into 2021.
CattRe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cattolica based in Luxembourg that focuses on reinsuring specialty lines. The company uses managing general agent (MGA) subsidiaries in Italy to source business and expects to continue to develop its MGA platform as part of its growth strategy. Additionally, CattRe reinsures business written by other subsidiaries of Cattolica in Italy. The company has grown largely during its first years of operation, with gross written premium amounting to EUR 84 million in 2020.
CattRe is regulated by the Luxembourg regulator, the Commissariat aux Assurances, and follows the Solvency II regulation. The company manages key risks through an effective control framework, which includes outsourced functions, such as underwriting controls at its subsidiary MGAs. AM Best expects that CattRe will benefit from the Generali group’s well-developed control system framework.
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