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AM Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Negative for PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Persero)

March 28, 2019

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2019--AM Best  has revised the outlook to negative from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” of PT Asuransi Jasa Indonesia (Persero) (Jasindo) (Indonesia). The outlook of the FSR remains stable.

The ratings reflect Jasindo’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The revision of the Long-Term ICR outlook reflects AM Best’s expectation of a decline in the company’s technical performance for full year 2018, following reserving adjustments across its underwriting portfolio, as well as from a deterioration in attritional loss experience for motor business. In addition, the revised outlook reflects the expectation of a substantial rise in the company’s reinsurance asset leverage at year-end 2018.

Although Jasindo’s underwriting performance has been strong historically, as evidenced by a five-year average combined ratio of 89% (2013-2017), there are growing concerns over a negative trend in performance fundamentals given continued competitive market conditions and the potential for further unfavorable reserve movements.

The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization continues to be categorized as strongest, reflecting a combination of low underwriting leverage and a conservative investment strategy. An offsetting balance sheet factor is Jasindo’s reinsurance asset leverage, which has been the highest among Indonesia’s large non-life insurers in recent years. In addition, a sizable portion of the company’s reinsurance recoverables arise from counterparties that are of lower credit quality, based on international standards.

AM Best views Jasindo’s business profile as neutral. The company is the third-largest non-life insurer in Indonesia, based on 2017 gross written premiums. As a state-owned entity, the company benefits from preferential access to underwriting corporate risks from other state-owned enterprises.

Ratings are communicated to rated entities prior to publication. Unless stated otherwise, the ratings were not amended subsequent to that communication.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings . For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases .

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

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CONTACT: Tran Nhat Trung

Financial Analyst

+65 6303 5019

trung.tran@ambest.comMyles Gould

Associate Director, Analytics

+65 6303 5020

myles.gould@ambest.comChristopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: EUROPE ASIA PACIFIC SINGAPORE

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: AM Best

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