AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Kelvin Re Limited

LONDON: AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-“ of Kelvin Re Limited (Guernsey). The outlook of these Credit Ratings  remains stable.

The ratings reflect Kelvin Re’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

Kelvin Re has generated mostly negative underwriting results in its short history of operation, having been impacted by catastrophe losses in most years. Following publication of the company’s financial results for 2019, AM Best notes the negative impact of a number of catastrophe events in the year as well as adverse experience on reserves relating to catastrophe events in 2017 and 2018.

However, AM Best also notes that these losses are reflective of the company’s business model and are within its risk appetite. In line with its business plans, Kelvin Re has modified its underwriting exposures in 2020, which is expected to reduce the volatility in technical performance going forward. However, the successful execution of the company’s strategy is subject to execution risk in AM Best’s opinion.

Kelvin Re’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, excellent financial flexibility and a dynamic retrocession programme. Capital requirements are mainly driven by Kelvin Re’s exposure to catastrophe risks and the company’s holdings of alternative investment assets.

To address these risks, Kelvin Re maintains a relatively high level of capital and surplus, which stood at USD 934.1 million at year-end 2019. AM Best notes that despite the company’s relatively high investment risk profile, the alternative assets produced a robust performance in the first quarter of 2020, despite volatility in global financial markets.

Kelvin Re is a privately owned company based in Guernsey that provides short-tail property catastrophe and specialty lines reinsurance. The company derives its business using the origination capabilities of Credit Suisse’s Insurance-Linked Strategies team, a leading insurance-linked securities hedge fund.

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