Johannesburg, 31 August 2015 — Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to General Alliance Insurance Limited of A+(MW), with the outlook accorded as Stable. The rating is valid until August 2016.
SUMMARY RATING RATIONALE
Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has accorded the above credit rating to General Alliance Insurance Limited (“GA Malawi”) based on the following key criteria:
Capital adequacy has been measured at very strong levels, and represents a core component of the insurer’s rating. GA Malawi continues to evidence strong solvency metrics, with a somewhat conservative dividend strategy. GCR expects capital adequacy to remain strong going forward.
Profitability has been measured at robust levels on both underwriting and net levels, contributing favourably to the rating. GA Malawi’s highly competitive technical profitability and contained expense base has allowed for the attainment of profit metrics well in excess of peer and industry averages. Earnings capacity is expected to persist at very strong levels over the rating horizon. In addition, risk premiums are fairly well diversified, with three lines of business producing material volumes of net premium income. Material reinsurance counterparties evidence a strong aggregate level of counterparty strength, whilst net deductibles per risk and event are limited to levels viewed by GCR to be conservative.
GA Malawi has evidenced strong liquidity metrics over the review period. This has been underpinned by strong operational cash generation, coupled with a conservative asset allocation strategy. Liquidity metrics are expected to be sustained at strong levels going forward. Asset quality is viewed to evidence a moderate level of exposure, with risk financial assets corresponding to approximately 52% of capital. The listed nature of the bulk of financial assets serves to augment liquidity somewhat.
The insurer’s position as an established player in the domestic non-life insurance market lends support to the rating, with participation on sizeable corporate risks in recent years enhancing the insurer’s business profile and entrenching market share.
Upward rating movement may be derived over the medium term from enhanced market positioning relative to peers, a sustained strengthening in key liquidity metrics, and/or increased development and penetration of the local industry. Downward rating pressure could emanate from a weakened level of competitive positioning, a reduction in capital strength relative to risk factors, a convergence of profit metrics with industry norms, and a material weakening in liquidity and/or asset quality.
|NATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY|
|Initial rating (May 2008)|
|Claims paying ability: A+(MW)|
|Last rating (August 2014)|
|Claims paying ability: A+(MW)|
|Primary Analyst||Secondary Analyst|
|Marc Chadwick||Catherine Zimba|
|Sector Head: Insurance Ratings||Junior Credit Analyst|
|(011) 784-1771||(011) 784-1771|
|Senior Credit Analyst|
APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Criteria for Rating Short Term Insurance Companies, updated July 2015
General Alliance Insurance Limited rating reports, 2008-2014
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SALIENT FEATURES OF ACCORDED RATINGS
GCR affirms that a.) no part of the rating was influenced by any other business activities of the credit rating agency; b.) the rating was based solely on the merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument being rated; c.) such rating was an independent evaluation of the risks and merits of the rated entity, security or financial instrument.
General Alliance Insurance Limited participated in the rating process via face-to-face management meetings, teleconferences and other written correspondence. Furthermore, the quality of information received was considered adequate and has been independently verified where possible.
The credit rating has been disclosed to General Alliance Insurance Limited with no contestation of the rating.
The information received from General Alliance Insurance Limited and other reliable third parties to accord the credit rating included:
- The 2014 audited annual financial statements
- 4 years of comparative audited numbers
- Unaudited interim results as at 30 June 2015
- Budgeted financial statements for 2015
- Other related documents.
The rating above was solicited by, or on behalf of, the rated client, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the rating.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S INSURANCE GLOSSARY
|Assets||The items on the balance sheet of the insurer which show the book value of property owned. Under regulations, not all property or other resources may be admitted in the statement of the insurer. This gives rise to the term ‘non-admitted assets.’|
|Balance Sheet||An accounting term which refers to a listing of the assets, liabilities, and surplus of a company or individual as of a specific date.|
|Capacity||The largest amount of insurance or reinsurance available from a company. In a broader sense, it can refer to the largest amount of insurance or reinsurance available in the marketplace.|
|Claim||A request for payment of a loss, which may come under the terms of an insurance contract.|
|Commission||A certain percentage of premiums produced that is received or paid out as compensation by an insurer to agents and brokers.|
|Insurer||The party to the insurance contract whom promises to pay losses or benefits. Also, any corporation engaged primarily in the business of furnishing insurance to the public.|
|Interest||Money paid for the use of money.|
|Liquidity||The ability of an insurer to convert its assets into cash to pay claims if necessary.|
|Loss Ratio||The ratio of claims to premiums. It may be calculated in several different ways, using paid premiums or earned premiums, and using paid claims with or without changes in claim reserves and with or without changes in active life reserves.|
|Policy||The legal document issued by the company to the policyholder, which outlines the conditions and terms of the insurance also called the policy contract or the contract.|
|Premium||The price of insurance protection for a specified risk for a specified period of time.|
|Reinsurance||The practice whereby one party, called the Reinsurer, in consideration of a premium paid to him agrees to indemnify another party, called the Reinsured, for part or all of the liability assumed by the latter party under a policy or policies of insurance, which it has issued. The reinsured may be referred to as the Original or Primary Insurer, or Direct Writing Company, or the Ceding Company.|
|Reserve||An amount representing actual or potential liabilities kept by an insurer to cover debts to policyholders.|
|Retention||The net amount of risk the ceding company keeps for its own account|
|Risk||Uncertainty as to the outcome of an event when two or more possibilities exist.|
|Solvency||With regard to insurers, having sufficient assets (capital, surplus, reserves) and being able to satisfy financial requirements (investments, annual reports, examinations) to be eligible to transact insurance business and meet liabilities.|
|Statutory||Required by or having to do with law or statute.|
|Underwriting||The process of selecting risks and classifying them according to their degrees of insurability so that the appropriate rates may be assigned. The process also includes rejection of those risks that do not qualify.|
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