SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 17, 2018--A.M. Best  has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to C++ (Marginal) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “b” from “bbb” of National Insurance Company Limited (National) (India). Additionally, A.M. Best has placed these Credit Ratings (ratings) under review with negative implications.

The ratings reflect National’s diminished balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and weak enterprise risk management (ERM).

The company experienced a significant deterioration in its risk-adjusted capitalization as of the year-end March 2018 filing. Its capital position fell by 42% due to significantly worse-than-forecast operating results in multiple major lines of business and a one-time absorption of the remaining reserve shortfall in its motor third-party liability business. As a result of its reduced capital position, its equity investment leverage has increased significantly, further straining risk-adjusted capital, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). The balance sheet assessment of adequate could be subject to negative revision pending the progress of initiatives to improve National’s risk-adjusted capital.

National’s ERM is not appropriate for its size and complexity and is assessed as weak. Its financial filings have significantly lagged that of its peers due to system constraints, which has hampered A.M. Best’s timely access to data. Furthermore, the company has experienced extended periods without permanent top leadership in the five years prior to March 2018.

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KEYWORD: EUROPE ASIA PACIFIC SINGAPORE INDIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANKING FINANCE INSURANCE

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