12/04/2024 06:24 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 (Bernama) -- Global credit rating agency, AM Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of B+ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” (Good) of Hong Kong’s Tugu Insurance Company Limited (TIC).

In a statement, AM Best said these credit ratings (ratings) which have a stable outlook reflected TIC’s balance sheet strength, which was assessed as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management (ERM).

TIC’s risk-adjusted capitalisation, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, is assessed at the strongest level and expected to remain so over the short to intermediate term.

Offsetting balance sheet strength factors include the volatility in the absolute capital and surplus size due to underwriting volatility, concentration risk in investment properties, and fair value movements of these properties.

The company’s marginal operating performance is demonstrated by its volatile bottom line, contributed both from underwriting and investment experience; nonetheless, its operating expense ratio remains high with a limited premium base.

Despite stable rental income from its investment properties and interest and dividend income arising from its liquid assets, TIC experienced investment losses in 2022 and 2023 due to a decline in the fair value of investment properties. The company’s overall profitability is expected to remain modest over the intermediate term.

TIC’s ultimate parent company is PT Pertamina (Persero), a state-owned integrated oil and gas company in Indonesia. While TIC obtains a substantial portion of its top line from its parent, it also has expanded other revenue sources actively for more diversification, including overseas business and domestic business in Hong Kong, over the past few years.

The rating agency also assesses TIC’s ERM as marginal with key areas of concern include underwriting, investment concentration, strategic planning and reserving capability.

To address these concerns, the company has taken remediation actions including developing its risk management framework with refined risk appetite and risk policies, and performing relevant stress and scenario testing to ensure compliance with the latest regulatory requirements and internal concerns.


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