AM Best has confirmed the Financial Strength of A (Excellent) and the Long Term Credit Rating of “a+” (Good) of
These ratings reflect the strength of SFME Bank, which AM Best considers to be very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business history and effective management of business risks. The vote also adds to the direct and clear support from SFME’s parent company, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (SFMI).
SFME’s balance sheet strength is supported by risk-adjusted capitalization at a very strong level, measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). A strong balance sheet analysis benefits from a solid financial history and prudent savings strategies, as evidenced by a history of good savings development. Limitations also include the company’s limited cash flow and its heavy reliance on insurance to underwrite large risks. The high risk of liability from a large loss is partially mitigated by using a strong reinsurance group.
SFME has a strong performance history, which is reflected by a weighted five-year (2017-2021) return-on-equity ratio of 11.7%. Earnings are supported by strong, and somewhat volatile, records, shown by a combined ratio that has fluctuated between 45.8% and 77.4% over the past five years. SFME’s earnings contribute modestly to total earnings, reflecting the conservative nature of its portfolio.
An analysis of the limited business portfolio reveals a decline in SFME and a concentration in the property and goods business. Currently, the majority of the company’s income is generated by insuring Samsung’s group of accidents across the board
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