AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” (Excellent) of North End Re (Cayman) SPC (NER Cayman) (Cayman Islands). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect NER Cayman’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also reflect NER Cayman’s execution of its business plan, which includes maintaining a favorable risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR).
In 2021, NER Cayman executed a reinsurance transaction with American Equity Investment Life Holding Company [NYSE: AEL] (AEL), under which NER Cayman agreed to assume up to $10 billion of annuity products issued by American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of AEL. As of year-end 2022, the management of this business has produced favorable results with NER Cayman reporting $195 million in net income.
NER Cayman’s parent, Brookfield Reinsurance Ltd. [NYSE, TSX: BNRE] (Brookfield Reinsurance), is a publicly traded company focused on providing capital-based solutions and insurance and reinsurance services to individuals and institutions. Brookfield Reinsurance seeks capital-intensive business to leverage its asset management and sourcing capabilities. In August 2021, Brookfield Reinsurance announced an agreement to acquire American National Group, Inc. in a cash transaction valued at approximately $5.1 billion, which closed in May 2022. NER Cayman geographically complements its sister company, North End Re Ltd., which also began its reinsurance operations in 2021. The company has another sister company, Brookfield Annuity Company, that provides pension risk transfer solutions in Canada.
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