SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 21, 2018--A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb+” of EQ Insurance Company Limited (EQI) (Singapore). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect EQI’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), is supported by low underwriting leverage and capital injections received from its parent company, Citystate Capital Asia Pte. Ltd.

Offsetting rating factors include EQI’s limited business profile and elevated combined ratio, which remains above industry peers. As a small player in the highly competitive Singapore market, EQI is undertaking various initiatives to establish a profitable niche. However, these initiatives are subject to execution risk and EQI’s combined ratio is expected to remain elevated during this transition period.

Positive rating actions are unlikely in the near term. Negative rating actions may occur from a deterioration in operating performance or business profile.

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KEYWORD: EUROPE ASIA PACIFIC SINGAPORE

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

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