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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Quálitas Compañía de Seguros S.A.B. de C.V.

May 23, 2019

MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2019--

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good), the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb-” and the Mexico National Scale Rating of “aa-.MX” of Quálitas Compañía de Seguros S.A.B. de C.V. (Quálitas) (Mexico City, Mexico). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (rating) is stable.

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

Quálitas’ balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalization being at the strong level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), sustained premium sufficiency and profitability metrics, the company’s consistent leading position in the auto insurance segment and its strong distribution network. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors are the company’s concentration in one business line and elevated underwriting leverage, which has shown improvement.

Quálitas has established a strong distribution capability across Mexico through its network of local agents, financial institutions and service offices. This has enabled the company to maintain its leading market position in Mexico’s auto insurance segment and achieve a 29.9% market share amid challenging competitive conditions.

Quálitas’ capital base has strengthened over time as a result of its sound underwriting performance, reflected in the 18.8% compound annual growth rate of its capital over the past five years. In 2017 and 2018, Quálitas managed to sustain profitability through underwriting backed by investment results, enabling the company to generate a return on equity of 35.4%, despite adverse market conditions driven by the auto sales slowdown, increased burglary rates and weather-related events.

Historically, the company has operated with higher than expected underwriting leverage for an auto insurance provider. However, by the end of 2018, the company’s underwriting leverage, as measured by the ratio of net premiums written to capital, decreased from 5.1 to 4.5 times, mainly driven by increased reinvestment of earnings and premium growth in line with the market pace. AM Best expects Quálitas´ dividend policy and growth targets to continue supporting current underwriting leverage trends.

Key rating drivers that could lead to positive rating actions for Quálitas include a sustained market-leading position along with continued favorable trends in risk-adjusted capitalization supported by positive technical results and an adequate reinvestment of profits. Key factors that could lead to negative rating actions include a sharp deterioration in its risk-adjusted capitalization to levels no longer supportive of the current ratings, whether derived from a substantial decline in profitability, aggressive dividend policy or strong growth in premiums without an appropriate capital support.

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: Salvador Smith

Financial Analyst

+52 55 1102 2720, ext. 109

salvador.smith@ambest.comAlfonso Novelo

Senior Director, Analytics

+52 55 1102 2720, ext. 107

alfonso.novelo@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: MEXICO EUROPE CENTRAL AMERICA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: AM Best

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