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AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Cathay Century Insurance Company Limited Under Review With Negative Implications

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a” (Excellent) of Cathay Century Insurance Company Limited (Cathay Century) (Taiwan).

This Credit Rating (rating) action is in view of the company’s exposure to potentially significant claims related to pandemic insurance policies amid the deteriorated COVID-19 situation in Taiwan, and uncertainty of the magnitude of negative impact to the company’s credit fundamentals.

Based on latest available information provided by the company, Cathay Century’s regulatory capital solvency remained at a healthy level at 296% as of the end of the first quarter of 2022. However, AM Best expects the total claims amount will continue to develop and may potentially lead to a capital event for the company. Notwithstanding, AM Best expects that Cathay Century likely will receive capital support from its ultimate parent, Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd., to replenish its capital strength if a capital event occurs, given the insurer's strategic importance to the group’s financial services platform. Nevertheless, the claims development of these pandemic insurance policies exposes shortcomings in the company’s enterprise risk management with respect to underwriting risk control and risk accumulation management.

The ratings will remain under review with negative implications pending increased visibility of the pandemic insurance ultimate loss level and the magnitude of capital impact, as well as the level and timeliness of financial support from the parent. AM Best will continue to hold discussions with Cathay Century’s management team on claims development and contingency capital plans to assess the impact to the company’s credit profile.

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 Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Performance Assessments, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

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