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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings Of U.S. Subsidiaries Of AXA S.A.

Stocks in this article: AXAHY

The ratings of AXA Art reflect its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, historically superior operating results and its recognized insurance expertise within the fine arts industry. In addition, the ratings reflect the implicit and explicit support provided by AXA and its subsidiaries through the utilization of internally available insurance capacity in the form of significant reinsurance transactions. The reinsurance transactions include excess of loss agreements with its intermediate parent, AXA Art Versicherung AG, and the aforementioned 60% quota share with AXA Insurance Company. These positive factors are partially offset by the company’s product line/market concentration, the increasingly competitive market conditions in the fine arts industry and AXA Art’s expense ratio disadvantage relative to industry peers.

Both Coliseum Re and Mosaic remain in run off. In January 2007, Mosaic entered into an aggregate quota share agreement with Coliseum Re, reinsuring 100% of the remaining net technical liabilities including any uncollectible insurance and reinsurance. As such, Mosaic lacks a true risk profile as it has no loss reserves on its balance sheet and it is not generating any written premium. Coliseum Re continues to maintain adequate capitalization and liquidity relative to its run-off activities.

The ratings of ACSLRe are based upon its limited role within the AXA group as a U.S. life reinsurer and administrator of closed blocks of life, health and investment risks and the capital support provided by AXA. ACSLRe primarily reinsures a closed block of variable annuities. During 2010, ASCLRe recorded a significant net loss compared to 2009, devoted primarily from a one-time increase in reserves for its GMxB annuity products and a decrease in investment income.

The principal methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology -- Global Life and Non-Life Insurance Edition , which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and highlights the different rating criteria employed. Additional key criteria utilized include: “Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies”; “Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers”; Understanding BCAR for Life and Health Insurers”, “ Rating Members of Insurance Groups”; “Catastrophe Risk Management Within the Rating Analysis”; and “Rating Health Insurance Companies.” Methodologies can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

Copyright © 2011 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.



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