AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and Its Main Rated Subsidiaries
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of "a+" (Excellent) of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali) (Italy) and its main rated subsidiaries. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IRs) of debt instruments issued or guaranteed by Generali. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (Please see below for a detailed listing of the companies and ratings.)
The ratings reflect Generali's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, very favourable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Generali's balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The Generali group reported a Solvency II SCR ratio of 224% as of 30 September 2023 (year-end 2022: 221%). Offsetting factors in this assessment include the group's material exposure to Italian sovereign bonds, amounting to EUR 44.0 billion, or 240% of shareholders' equity, as of year-end 2022. While exposure is decreasing and the bonds are held mostly against participating life contracts, the position introduces potential volatility to the regulatory solvency and risk-adjusted capitalisation levels.
During 2022, the group had losses in its investment portfolio, which resulted in a significant drop in its reported shareholders' equity (FY 2022: EUR 16.2 billion; FY 2021: EUR 29.3 billion) (under IFRS 4). Unrealised losses in the group's fixed income portfolio are expected to unwind as the bonds mature. AM Best considers Generali's liquidity position and financial flexibility as sufficient to manage the group's disintermediation risk but will continue to closely monitor emerging experience.
Generali's strong operating performance is driven by solid technical performance. The group's technical results are underpinned by its non-life business, which produced an average combined ratio of 91.9% over the five-year period ending in 2022, as calculated by AM Best. Technical results remained strong in 2022, although the combined ratio trended upward, in line with pre-pandemic levels. Going forward, the group's operating performance is expected to benefit from improved investment returns, driven by a higher interest rate environment.
Generali's very favourable business profile is underpinned by its leading and defensible positions in its core markets. The group has a solid franchise, reinforced by its excellent access to markets through its proprietary network and multichannel distribution strategy. The group has continued to develop its position in core markets through acquisitio, most notably with the acquisition of Liberty Seguros in 2023.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of "a+" (Excellent) have been affirmed with stable outlooks for Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. and its following subsidiaries:
The Long-Term ICR of "bbb+" (Good) has been affirmed with a stable outlook for Generali France S.A.
The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with stable outlooks:
Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.-
- "a" (Excellent) on EUR 1,750 million 5.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2024
The following indicative Long-Term IRs on securities available under the EUR 15 billion medium-term note programme have been affirmed as indicated, with stable outlooks:
Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.-
- "a" (Excellent) on all senior unsecured notes to be issued under the programme
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