A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of Nissan Global Reinsurance, Ltd. (NGRe) (Hamilton, Bermuda). The outlook for both ratings is stable.
The ratings reflect NGRe’s strong capitalization and conservative operating strategy. The ratings also consider NGRe’s critical role and favorable profile as part of the Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (Nissan) (NASDAQ: NSANY), as well as its excellent operating performance since its inception in 2005.
Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the significant exposures NGRe has to product liability, property and marine cargo claims. Additionally, the recent deterioration in the financial markets and the decline in the profitability of automakers has had some impact on premium volumes, although investment results have not been significantly affected. Furthermore, NGRe is expecting a reversal of those trends in the current year.
NGRe is a single parent captive of Nissan, one of the largest automakers in the world. NGRe operates two distinctive lines of business: (1) global property/casualty programs for Nissan, which include global property (United States, Japan, Europe, Mexico and South Africa), U.S. workers’ compensation, U.S. and Japan product liability and marine transport and (2) a global platform for extended service contract business. NGRe benefits from the group’s extensive risk management and loss control programs.NGRe operates at conservative underwriting leverage levels; however, it provides coverages with large limits, and as such, its gross exposures per loss occurrence are elevated. Nevertheless, A.M. Best recognizes the quality of the substantial financial resources and support available to the captive. NGRe’s ratings are not expected to be upgraded nor is its outlook expected to be revised within the next 12-24 months, as its operating performance and capital position already have been considered in the ratings process. A.M. Best could downgrade NGRe’s ratings and/or revise its outlook if its Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) score declines, operating performance and risk profile deteriorate, its insured losses deplete capital and/or significant changes and turnover occur in its management team, risk management controls and tolerances.