07Sep15

Press release

Group

SCOR achieves a major milestone with Standard & Poor's upgrade to “AA-”

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has upgraded SCOR’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to ‘AA- stable outlook’ from ‘A+ positive outlook’ and raised the Group counterparty credit ratings to 'AA-/A-1+' from 'A+/A-1'.

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has upgraded SCOR’s Insurer Financial Strength rating to ‘AA- stable outlook’ from ‘A+ positive outlook’ and raised the Group counterparty credit ratings to 'AA-/A-1+' from 'A+/A-1'.
 
S&P notably mentions having taken into account the fact that “the Group has demonstrated its very strong competitive position through resilience in pricing and technical profitability in its P&C book and has reinforced its leading position in the U.S. Life reinsurance market.
 
In addition, the rating agency also highlights the fact that “SCOR continues to exhibit strong and stable earnings that should sustain extremely strong capital adequacy through 2017.
 
In the current reinsurance market environment, S&P emphasises that the Group “has successfully withstood pricing pressures in the buyer's market in the P&C reinsurance industry”, adding that SCOR “has also been able to defend its market share in the consolidating reinsurance sector thanks to prudent risk management and pricing discipline.”
 
With regard to SCOR’s franchise, S&P considers that “the Group's very strong business risk profile is further supported by a leading market share in significant markets in both the P&C and Life markets.” 
 
 
Denis Kessler, Chairman and CEO of SCOR, comments: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision by S&P. The upgrade of our rating to AA- demonstrates the pertinence of SCOR’s business strategy, which continues to withstand the current macroeconomic and market environment. This upgrade confirms SCOR as a Tier 1 global reinsurer. We are thus approaching the renewal period starting with the Monte-Carlo rendez-vous under very good conditions, with our teams more motivated than ever to provide our clients worldwide with first-class P&C and Life reinsurance services”.
 
 
The press release by Standard & Poor’s can be accessed via their homepage: http://www.standardandpoors.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