AM Best Removes From Under Review With Negative Implications and Affirms Credit Ratings of Wentworth Insurance Company Limited
AM Best has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" (Excellent) of Wentworth Insurance Company Limited (Wentworth) (Barbados). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Wentworth'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 are enhanced by the benefits the company derives from its position in the Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Fairfax) enterprise. In addition, the ratings of Wentworth are supported by the company's historically profitable underwriting performance and favorable loss reserve development.
The ratings were placed under review on Sept. 2, 2022, due to volatility in Wentworth's risk-adjusted capital position, driven mainly by investment market fluctuations. At the time, the company was evaluating solutions to bring the risk-adjusted capitalization back to prior levels and reduce the ongoing volatility. By year-end 2022, Wentworth's investment portfolio went through significant de-risking and Fairfax contributed capital to enhance risk-adjusted capitalization. Following the execution of management's action plan and support from Fairfax, it is AM Best's expectation that Wentworth's risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), wil remain within the very strong range.
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