21Jul15

Press release

Group

Fitch upgrades SCOR’s rating to “AA-”

Fitch Ratings has upgraded SCOR’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to ‘AA- stable outlook’ from ‘A+ positive outlook’ and affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Default Rating at ‘A+’.

Fitch Ratings has upgraded SCOR’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating to ‘AA- stable outlook’ from ‘A+ positive outlook’ and affirmed the Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A+’. 
 
Fitch notably mentions having taken into account “the development of SCOR’s reinsurance franchise, the scale and diversity of which have improved significantly through external growth and swift integration of acquired operations, helping to generate a more stable level of profitability”. The rating agency also notes “the level of capitalisation that Fitch considers to be very strong” as well as “a consistent and prudent reserving philosophy”.
 
With regard to SCOR Global P&C, Fitch highlights that “in addition to diversification, a lower risk appetite for and exposure to catastrophe business are expected to protect the reinsurer from the worst of any protracted period of price softening”.
 
With regard to SCOR Global Life, Fitch supports the “successful management of the in-force book coupled with continued organic growth, which are viewed as key to the division increasing its contribution to group profitability”.
 
When it comes to SCOR’s investment strategy, Fitch stresses that “SCOR continues to pursue a conservative investment strategy focused on a tightly defined allocation to generally highly liquid assets, and gradually lengthening asset duration”.
 
 
Denis Kessler, Chairman and CEO of SCOR, comments: “The upgrade of our rating by Fitch to AA- recognizes the relevance of the strategy adopted by the Group. SCOR pursues two targets: profitability and solvency. This upgrade reflects the deepening of SCOR’s franchise and the reinforcement of its financial position. The rating reflects the high level of solvency of the Group and the strong quality of its earnings. SCOR’s teams are more motivated than ever to provide their clients worldwide with the Group’s first-class P&C and Life reinsurance services”.
 
 
The Fitch press release is available on the rating agency’s website at the following address: www.fitchratings.com

Contact

Marie-Laurence Bouchon

Group Head of Communications

+33 (0)1 58 44 75 43

mbouchon@scor.com

 

Ian Kelly

Head of Investor Relations

+44 203 207 8561

ikelly@scor.com