A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Endurance Specialty

May 13, 2016

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating [FSR] of A [Excellent] and the issuer credit ratings [ICR] of “a” of Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd. [Endurance] [Bermuda] and its subsidiaries.

A.M. Best also has affirmed the ICR of “bbb” and the issue ratings of its publicly traded parent, Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. [Bermuda]. The outlook for each of these ratings is stable.

A statement from the ratings agency said, “The ratings reflect Endurance’s strong level of risk-adjusted capitalization, specialty-focused diversified business profile, improved financial and operational leverage, reduced catastrophe exposure, and geographic diversification following the acquisition of Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. [Montpelier Re]. Furthermore, the ratings reflect Endurance’s solid operating performance, experienced management team and its strong enterprise risk management [ERM] program.

“The ratings also consider the successful integration of Montpelier Re, which has enhanced Endurance’s business profile, distribution channel capabilities, including access to an established Lloyd’s franchise and the alternative capital platform Blue Capital, which provides collateralized reinsurance and manages third-party capital. This acquisition increased Endurance’s market presence, which strengthens the company’s position in the global marketplace and may be a mitigating factor as the company operates in the current competitive market cycle, as rates remain soft, capacity is plentiful and investment yields are low.

“Endurance’s operating performance has significantly improved over the past three years as the company continues to adhere to its strict underwriting guidelines, reduce its catastrophe exposure, as well as reduce its underwriting and operational leverage. A.M. Best expects the company to continue this trajectory to enhanced profitability as the benefits from the synergies created from the Montpelier Re acquisition.

“Endurance has built a solid ERM framework that consists of strong internal controls, enhanced by strong analytics. The company’s ERM structure has evolved and allows the entire organization to absorb significant losses. Management views its ERM program as critical to sustaining profitability and reducing volatility.”

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