AM Best Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Óptima Seguros
AM Best has upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to "bbb+" (Good) from "bbb" (Good) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) of Óptima Seguros (San Juan, PR). The outlook of the Long-Term ICR has been revised to stable from positive while the outlook of the FSR is stable.
The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Óptima Seguros' balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The upgrade of the Long-Term ICR is in recognition of the improvement in Optima Seguros' balance sheet strength, which reflects management's ability to generate profits, grow policyholder surplus and improve its level of risk-adjusted capital. In recent years, management has successfully re-balanced the company's book of business and significantly reduced its catastrophe exposure, while at the same time expanding its book in select markets and growing policyholder surplus. Favorable loss reserve development and a gradual reduction in reinsurance recoverable balances and reduced credit risk are other contributing factors.
The operating performance assessment considers Óptima Seguros' emphasis on small-to-medium commercial enterprises (SME), continuing efforts to further leverage its agency relationships and management's ability to successfully execute its plans and strategy in recent years. The business profile assessment considers the company's limited geographic profile, as well as some of the competitive headwindsin a saturated and mature market. In addition, management has established its own ERM framework and has set specific risk tolerances and risk appetites in conjunction with its current business plan.
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