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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Humboldt Re Limited

December 14, 2018

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 14, 2018--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Humboldt Re Limited (Humboldt Re) (Guernsey). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect Humboldt Re’s balance sheet strength, which is categorised as strongest by AM Best, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM) framework.

Humboldt Re’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its risk-adjusted capitalization being at the strongest level, a flexible retrocession programme, which minimizes counterparty credit risk, and a relatively conservative investment profile. AM Best expects prospective balance sheet strength to remain at the strongest level as Humboldt Re expands its portfolio.

Humboldt Re is a privately owned entity based in Guernsey that provides mainly short-tail property and specialty lines reinsurance. Since it started operating at the end of 2015, the company has derived all of its business solely using the origination capabilities of Credit Suisse’s Insurance-Linked Strategies team, a leading insurance-linked securities hedge fund, which has approximately USD 9 billion of assets under management.

During 2018, the company is projected to underwrite a globally diversified insurance portfolio producing more than USD 240 million of gross written premiums, with a heavy bias toward catastrophe-exposed business lines. The company is anticipated to report a technical and operating loss for the year, driven by catastrophe losses in North America and Japan during the second half of the year. As a result, AM Best expects Humboldt Re’s combined ratio for 2018 to be in excess of 105%.

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 web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view . For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view .

AM Best is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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CONTACT: Rishwinder Grewal

Financial Analyst

+44 20 7397 0321

rishwinder.grewal@ambest.comSalman Siddiqui

Associate Director, Analytics

+44 20 7397 0331

salman.siddiqui@ambest.comChristopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

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james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: AM Best

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