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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Lloyd’s Syndicate 510

  A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Lloyd’s Syndicate 510

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LONDON -- September 26, 2013

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has affirmed the financial strength
rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a+” of
Lloyd’s Syndicate 510 (United Kingdom), which is managed by R.J. Kiln & Co
Limited (R.J. Kiln). The outlook for both ratings remains positive. The
outlook was revised to positive on 19 July 2013 following the amended outlook
of the Lloyd’s market rating.

The ratings of syndicate 510 reflect the financial strength of the Lloyd’s
market, which underpins the security of all Lloyd’s syndicates. In addition,
the syndicate benefits from its association with Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
(Tokio Marine), which is the ultimate parent of R.J. Kiln and of the
syndicate’s main corporate member, Kiln Underwriting Limited (KUL).  For the
2013 year of account, KUL provides 55% of the syndicate’s capacity, and
Lloyd’s Syndicate 1880, a syndicate established by Tokio Marine, participates
in syndicate 510’s extensive reinsurance programme.

The syndicate has a track record of reporting strong underwriting profits, as
demonstrated by a five-year historical combined ratio of 93%. In 2012, on an
annually accounted basis, syndicate 510 reported a strong pre-tax profit of
GBP 63 million and a combined ratio of 90%, reflecting the excellent
performance of the syndicate’s aviation, marine and special risks divisions.
However, the final result was affected by significant losses incurred from
Superstorm Sandy, which exceeded the syndicate’s catastrophe and large loss
budget for the year.

For 2013, a result in line with syndicate 510’s five-year average combined
ratio is anticipated, although prospective earnings remain subject to
volatility due to exposure to catastrophe losses. Investment income from the
syndicate's conservative investment portfolio is likely to be modest,
reflecting the low interest rate environment.

Syndicate 510 has a strong business profile within the Lloyd’s market and
leads approximately 55% of its business by premium volume. It writes a
diversified account by territory and line of business, comprising short-tail
property and marine, political, aviation, accident and health and reinsurance
risks. For the 2012 year of account, Lloyd’s Syndicate 807 (also managed by RJ
Kiln) merged with syndicate 510. The final open year of account of syndicate
807 is expected to close into syndicate 510 at the end of 2013, in line with
normal underwriting year of account practice.

A factor that may lead to positive or negative rating actions for the
syndicate is a change in the ratings of Lloyd’s, which currently has an FSR of
A (Excellent) and an ICR of “a+” with a positive outlook.

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. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at
www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

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

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited is a subsidiary of A.M. Best
Company. A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative
insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit
www.ambest.com.

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Contact:

James Harmer, +(44) 20 7397 0328
Financial Analyst
james.harmer@ambest.com
or
David Drummond, +(44) 20 7397 0327
Senior Financial Analyst
david.drummond@ambest.com
or
Rachelle Morrow, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5378
Senior Manager, Public Relations
rachelle.morrow@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com
 
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