AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of "a+" of HDI Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie V.a.G. (HDI/Talanx group or the group) (Germany) and a number of its insurance subsidiaries. AM Best also has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of "a+" of Talanx AG (Germany), the intermediate operating holding company for all HDI/Talanx group companies. AM Best also has affirmed the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of "a" of a debt instrument issued by Talanx Finanz (Luxembourg) S.A., and guaranteed by Talanx AG. Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Mexico National Scale Rating of "aaa.MX" of HDI Global Seguros, S.A. (Mexico City, Mexico). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed list of companies and the debt instrument).
The ratings reflect HDI’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorises as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favourable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
AM Best expects HDI’s consolidated risk-adjusted capitalisation to be maintained at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), underpinned by a prudent capital management approach that supports its growth plans. The group maintains a conservative investment portfolio that is underpinned by good liquidity. Financial leverage and coverage ratios are supportive of the balance sheet strength assessment and financial flexibility is considered excellent due to the group’s good access to capital markets. HDI’s risk-adjusted capitalisation has a moderate reliance on soft capital elements, including economic value from life operations and utilisation of hybrid debt instruments to support its capital buffers. However, AM Best notes that the use of such components is in line with the group’s European peers.
HDI has a track record of relatively strong and stable operating performance, demonstrated by a five-year weighted average return-on-equity ratio of 9.1% (2015-2019), as calculated by AM Best. The group’s resilient investment income continues to provide a strong source of income. Underwriting performance is expected to remain strong over the cycle, with a clear trend of improved earnings contributions from the previously weaker performing segments of industrial lines and the German retail segment (excluding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic). In 2019, the group achieved a net combined ratio for its non-life segment of 98.8% (2018: 98.7%), as calculated by AM Best. As of half-year 2020, the group reported a net profit of EUR 325 million, supported by a good level of investment income.
The group also benefits from a strong franchise and leading position in its core markets. HDI’s market profile expanded by 13.8% to reach gross written premiums of EUR 38.6 billion in 2019, excluding savings elements of premiums from unit-linked life and annuity insurance. This is reflected through a good diversification of primary and reinsurance operations and enhanced by its very strong competitive position in the global reinsurance market and German industrial segment. AM Best expects the group to benefit from higher product demand from its specialty niche lines and a hardening reinsurance market and commercial lines.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of "a+" have been affirmed with a stable outlook for the following subsidiaries of HDI Haftpflichtverband der Deutschen Industrie V.a.G.:
HDI Global Seguros, S.A.
HDI Global SE
HDI Global Specialty SE
HDI Global Network AG
HDI Global Insurance Company
HDI Lebensversicherung AG
HDI Specialty Insurance Company
HDI Reinsurance (Ireland) SE
The following Long-Term IR has been affirmed with a stable outlook—
Talanx Finanz (Luxembourg) S.A.
— "a" on EUR 500 million 8.367% subordinated fixed to floating rate notes, due 2042.
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