A.M. Best Places Ratings of Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (Salama) Under Review

  A.M. Best Places Ratings of Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (Salama) Under Review

Business Wire

LONDON -- December 18, 2012

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has placed under review with
negative implications the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and
issuer credit rating of “a-” of Islamic Arab Insurance Co. (Salama) (United
Arab Emirates).

The rating actions are due to the uncertainty regarding its main subsidiary,
BEST RE (L) Limited (BEST RE) (Malaysia) and the potential implications for
Salama’s capitalization, operating performance and enterprise risk management.

Salama’s performance in the first three quarters of 2012 was affected by the
adverse development of Thailand flood losses at BEST RE, with Salama’s loss
ratio rising to 76% as against 57% in the same period in 2011. Best Re
represented 66% of the group’s gross written premium in 2011, and therefore,
is material to the group. A.M. Best will continue to monitor developments at
Salama and BEST RE in order to ascertain any potential impact on Salama.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating
Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating
process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating
process. Key criteria utilised include: “Risk Management and the Rating
Process for Insurance Companies”; “Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty
Insurers”; “Rating Members of Insurance Groups”; and “Insurance Holding
Company and Debt Ratings”. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1060/2009, the following is a link to
required disclosures: A.M. Best Europe - Rating Services Limited Supplementary

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Michael Dunckley, +(44) 20 7397 0321
Associate Financial Analyst
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Associate Director
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Senior Manager, Public Relations
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Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
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