AM Best confirms credit ratings from the European Nuclear Insurance Mutual Association
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AM Best confirmed the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer’s long-term credit rating of “a” (Excellent) from the European Nuclear Insurance Mutual Association (Emani) (Belgium). The outlook for these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect the strength of Emani’s balance sheet, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate management of business risks.
The strength of Emani’s balance sheet is underpinned by a risk-adjusted capitalization at the highest level, as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR), taking into account the financial flexibility of the mutual supported by its ability to make an additional capital call to its members. In the unlikely event of a total limit loss, there would be a significant depletion of capital due to the large net size of the line offered by Emani to its members relative to its capital base. However, AM Best believes that the mutual’s contractual right to call retroactive premium for six times each member’s annualized premium contribution will allow it to quickly replenish its capital base. AM Best considers the mutual’s reliance on reinsurance to provide significant gross line size to be an offsetting factor in the valuation.
Emani has a track record of strong underwriting performance, demonstrated by an average loss ratio of 24.1% over the five-year period ending in 2021. AM Best expects Emani’s forward-looking performance to be in line at historical norms, although subject to volatility, in line with a claims profile dominated by an infrequent number of low to medium claims.
Emani has an established position in the nuclear power industry, underwriting property and terrorism coverage for nuclear facilities. The mutual provides capacity to more than a third of the nuclear operators in the world, which gives it a leading role in its market. Emani’s position benefits from favorable market conditions, with demand for nuclear coverage expected to remain strong in the medium term. The narrow focus of the mutual and the high risk nature of the business written are considered offsetting factors in the valuation.
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