Best, Affirms

A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” of Oman Insurance Company P.S.C. (OIC) (United Arab Emirates).

24.08.2017 - 16:36:32

A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Oman Insurance Company P.S.C.. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

OIC’s risk-adjusted capitalisation remained strong in 2016. The company has a diversified risk profile, which is supported adequately by a strong capital base of AED 1.9 billion. OIC actively manages its capital requirements as evidenced by its track record of de-risking its investment portfolio to focus on its core underwriting strategies. A.M. Best expects OIC’s risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain strong, and supportive of the company’s future strategic initiatives. OIC’s balance sheet strength is further supported by low debt leverage and excellent liquidity.

OIC has a leading market position in the UAE as the largest listed insurance company by gross written premium (GWP), which reached AED 3.6 billion in 2016, representing growth of 11.5% (2015: AED 3.2 billion). Whilst OIC’s business continues to be concentrated in the UAE, it has a diversified underwriting portfolio across life and non-life segments, and has achieved some geographical diversification, particularly through its Turkish subsidiary, Dubai Starr Sigorta A.S., as well as through its branch operations in Oman and Qatar, and its inward facultative reinsurance business.

A partially offsetting rating factor is the volatility observed in OIC’s operating performance in recent years, with profit before tax standing at AED 85.4 million in 2016, compared with AED 224.8 million in 2014. However, A.M. Best notes that OIC’s technical performance improved notably in 2016, driven by management actions taken to turn around underperforming business segments through rate increases and enhanced risk selection. In 2016, the company’s non-life combined ratio, as calculated by A.M. Best, improved to 87% from 96% in 2015. In the first half of 2017, OIC has demonstrated continued good underwriting performance, in line with A.M. Best’s expectations.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see A.M. Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best Rating Action Press Releases.

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