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AM Best affirms ratings of TT Club

Stacked up: the mutual offers property and liability risk cover for port, ship and logistics operators, and provides loss prevention and risk management services to its members (File photograph)

AM Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the long-term issuer credit rating of “a-” (Excellent) of Bermudian-based Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Ltd and its subsidiaries, TT Club Mutual Insurance Ltd of the United Kingdom and TT Club Mutual Insurance NV of The Netherlands.

TTB, TTI and TTNV are collectively known as the TT Club. The outlook of these credit ratings is stable.

The ratings of TTB reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The agency said the ratings of TTI and TTNV reflect their strategic importance to TTB, and the implicit and explicit support that they receive from TTB, particularly in the form of comprehensive reinsurance protection.

It said TTB’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by its consolidated risk-adjusted capitalisation, which is well in excess of the minimum required for the strongest assessment level, as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio.

AM Best said: “The club’s balance sheet strength also benefits from a relatively conservative investment strategy and a track record of prudent reserving over a decade, although for 2023, the club reported prior year adverse reserve development.

“AM Best views TTB’s dependence on reinsurance, used to manage the club’s capacity, as an offsetting balance sheet strength assessment factor. The associated risks are mitigated partially by the high credit quality of the club’s reinsurance partners, many of which TT Club has long-established relationships with.

“TTB’s adequate operating performance is demonstrated by a five-year (2019-2023) weighted average return-on-equity ratio of 5.4 per cent.

“Although TTB reported a technical loss for 2023, driven by strengthening its reserves, the club’s earnings are underpinned by profitable underwriting results over the cycle, demonstrated by a five-year weighted average combined ratio of 98.1 per cent. In addition, the club’s overall earnings are supported by modest investment returns.”

TT Club is a specialist mutual insurance organisation, operating in the international transport and logistics industry.

It offers property and liability risk cover for port, ship and logistics operators, and provides loss prevention and risk management services to its members.

AM Best said the club has a strong position in its niche market, which is highlighted by its excellent member retention and supported by its global presence.

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Published June 15, 2024 at 4:00 pm (Updated June 18, 2024 at 8:53 pm)

AM Best affirms ratings of TT Club

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