Johannesburg, 29 October 2018 — Global Credit Ratings has today affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited of AA-(TZ), with the outlook accorded as Stable. The rating is valid until September 2019.
SUMMARY RATING RATIONALE
Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has accorded the above credit rating to The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited (“Heritage Tanzania”) based on the following key criteria:
Heritage Tanzania’s risk adjusted capitalisation registered at very strong levels, underpinned by a capital base that comfortably caters for the quantum of insurance and market risk exposures. While material dividend extractions reduced the absolute capital value (FY17: TZS15.7bn; FY13: TZS18.2bn), risk adjusted capitalisation was preserved at very strong levels given the proportionate reduction in underwriting risk exposures. Accordingly, the international solvency margin equated to a high 140% at FY17 (FY16: 122%; review period average: 131%). While growth in the capital base is viewed to be unlikely, risk adjusted capitalisation is expected to remain very strong over the rating horizon, on the back of contained market and underwriting exposures.
The insurer’s liquidity metrics were maintained at strong levels. This has been facilitated by the insurer’s strong cash flow generation, coupled with a fairly conservative asset allocation strategy. As such, cash coverage of technical provisions equated to a higher 2.4x at FY17 (FY16: 2.0x), while cash coverage of average monthly claims equated to 63 months (FY16: 31 months). GCR expects liquidity metrics to remain within a similar range over the outlook horizon, supported by the envisaged asset allocation.
Heritage Tanzania is an established player in the domestic short term insurance market with a 6% share in FY17 (FY16: 8%). Participation on sizeable corporate risks continues to enhance the insurer’s business profile, rooting market share. While the market share reduced in FY17, the insurer is expected to defend its current competitive position over the outlook horizon, underpinned by entrenched market relationships, strong brand recognition and expanded distribution channels.
The insurer’s business mix is heavily reliant on property, accounting for 40% of gross premiums in FY17 (FY16: 44%). Similarly, the risk base is heavily geared towards motor business, accounting for 47% of net premiums in FY17 (FY16: 49%). Management expects to gradually diversify the premium base over the medium term.
Heritage Tanzania’s earnings capacity is viewed to be moderately strong, supported by historically healthy underwriting profitability and sound investment income. Note is, however, taken of the notable reduction in underwriting performance in FY17, stemming from loss of scale, exacerbated by a once off escalation in operating expenses (on the back of a provision for bad debts made in FY17). In this regard, the five year aggregated underwriting margin equated to 1% (FY17: -9%; FY16: 12%) with the investment yield averaging 11% over the review period (FY17: 9%). Going forward, growth is expected to remain constrained. However, expected reduction in operating expenses and sound investment income will allow for ongoing net profitability, albeit at reduced levels. Furthermore, reinsurance agreements limit maximum deductibles to conservative levels against capital, supported by sound aggregate counterparty credit strength.
The rating currently matches the national scale ceiling applicable to entities operating within the Tanzanian short term industry. As a result, upward movement of the rating may follow an assessment of country and industry risk factors. The rating may be downgraded if the insurer were to evidence a sustained weakening in earnings capacity, a reduction in risk adjusted capital adequacy, and/or a weakening in liquidity metrics.
NATIONAL SCALE RATINGS HISTORY
|Initial rating (June 2007)|
|Claims paying ability: AA-(TZ)|
|Last rating (September 2017)|
|Claims paying ability: AA-(TZ)|
|(011) 784 – 1771|
|Senior Credit Analyst|
|(011) 784 – 1771|
APPLICABLE METHODOLOGIES AND RELATED RESEARCH
Criteria for Rating Short Term Insurance Companies, updated May 2018
Heritage Tanzania rating reports, 2007-2017
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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.
The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania 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 The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited.
The information received from The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited and other reliable third parties to accord the credit rating included:
- The 2017 audited annual financial statements 4 years of comparative audited numbers
- Unaudited interim results to 31 July 2018
- Budgeted financial statements for 2018
- 2018 reinsurance cover notes
- Other related documents.
The rating above was solicited by, or on behalf of, the rated entity, and therefore, GCR has been compensated for the provision of the rating.
|Capacity||The largest amount of insurance available from a company. In a broader sense, it can refer to the largest amount of insurance available in the marketplace.|
|Capital||The sum of money that is invested to generate proceeds.|
|Capitalisation||The provision of capital for a company, or the conversion of income or assets into capital.|
|Capital Adequacy||A measure of the adequacy of an entity’s capital resources in relation to its risks.|
|Cash||Funds that can be readily spent or used to meet current obligations.|
|Claim||A request for payment of a loss, which may come under the terms of an insurance contract.|
|Credit Rating||An opinion regarding the creditworthiness of an entity, a security or financial instrument, or an issuer of securities or financial instruments, using an established and defined ranking system of rating categories.|
|Distribution Channel||The method utilised by the insurance company to sell its products to policyholders.|
|Enterprise Risk Management||ERM refers to an integrated or holistic approach to managing risk across an organisation, using clearly articulated frameworks and processes controlled from board level.|
|Exposure||Exposure is the amount of risk the holder of an asset or security is faced with as a consequence of holding the security or asset. For an insurer, its exposure may also relate to the risk related to policies issued.|
|International Scale Rating (“ISR”)||International local currency (International LC) ratings measure the likelihood of repayment in the currency of the jurisdiction in which the issuer is domiciled. Therefore, the rating does not take into account the possibility that it will not be able to convert local currency into foreign currency or make transfers between sovereign jurisdictions.|
|Intermediary||A third party in the sale and administration of insurance products.|
|Interest||Money paid for the use of money.|
|Investment Portfolio||A collection of investments held by an individual investor or financial institution.|
|Liquidity||The speed at which assets can be converted to cash. The ability of an insurer to convert its assets into cash to pay claims if necessary. Market liquidity refers to the ease with which a security can be bought or sold quickly and in large volumes without substantially affecting the market price.|
|Market Risk||Volatility in the value of a security/asset due to movements in share prices, interest rates, currencies, commodities or wider economic factors.|
|National Scale Rating (“NSR”)||National Scale credit ratings express risk in relative rank order, which is to say they are ordinal measures of credit risk and are not predictive of a specific frequency of default or loss.|
|Policyholder||The person in actual possession of an insurance policy.|
|Portfolio||All of the insurer’s in-force policies and outstanding losses, with respect to described segments of its business.|
|Premium||The price of insurance protection for a specified risk for a specified period of time.|
|Rating Horizon||The rating outlook period|
|Risk||The chance of future uncertainty (i.e. deviation from expected earnings or an expected outcome) that will have an impact on objectives.|
|Risk Management||Process of identifying and monitoring business risks in a manner that offers a risk/return relationship that is acceptable to an entity’s operating philosophy.|
|Short Term||Current; ordinarily less than one year.|
|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.|
|Subordinated Debt||Debt that in the event of a default is repaid only after senior obligations have been repaid. It is higher risk than senior debt.|
|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.|
|Underwriting Margin||Measures efficiency of underwriting and expense management processes.|
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GCR affirms The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited’s rating of AA-(TZ); Outlook Stable.