GCR affirms A(PH) rating to insurer

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    International rating agency Global Credit Ratings (GCR) has affirmed the national scale claims paying ability rating assigned to Standard Insurance Inc. of A(PH), with the rating outlook accorded as positive from stable.

    A highly capitalized non-life insurer, Standard Insurance also improved its international scale rating of BB with a stable outlook for US dollar- denominated claims paying ability, according to GCR.

    In a credit rating released last month, the GCR cited Standard Insurance for its strong and improving capitalization and superior reinsurance facilities from some of the world’s best, highest-rated insurers that protect its motor and property portfolios from catastrophes and large single loss events.

    The international scale rating is impacted by the insurer’s exposure to the Philippines’ sovereign rating, given that the insurer’s assets are locally domiciled, and revenue is locally derived.

    The positive outlook reflects the potential for upward rating movement should Standard Insurance’s earnings capacity register within a strong range, while maintaining very strong risk adjusted capitalization and strong liquidity metrics.

    Over and above the numerical credit profile results from the insurance company’s last year’s operations, a large part of the evaluation process was based on how we are coping and rising amidst these pandemic challenges, GCR noted.

    The non-life insurance management’s ability to sustain the current earnings trend in the face of the vagaries of the new coronavirus disease 2019 represents a key rating consideration over the rating horizon, according to GCR, a highly reputable rating agency operating across four continents.

    The leading motorcar insurer also maintains its strength as it fully operates under the ‘new normal’. The company has always been prepared for catastrophic events so when the pandemic happened, it quickly and smoothly shifted to remote working arrangements.