AM Best has assigned a Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) to Bridgehaven Specialty UK Ltd (Bridgehaven Specialty) (United Kingdom). The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgehaven Europe Holdings Ltd (Bridgehaven), the non-operating holding company of the Bridgehaven group. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Bridgehaven’s consolidated balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). The ratings consider Bridgehaven Specialty’s role and strategic importance to Bridgehaven, as the group’s sole underwriting platform.
The very strong balance sheet strength assessment considers Bridgehaven’s initial financing capital of GBP 62.5 million, which is expected to support the strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalisation sufficiently, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), through the company’s startup phase. Due to its hybrid fronting business model, Bridgehaven is expected to have a high dependence on reinsurance; however, the reinsurance panel is anticipated to be well-diversified and of excellent credit quality. Investments are expected to be managed conservatively, in liquid assets.
AM Best expects Bridgehaven to build relationships with established commercial specialty managing general agents (MGAs) in the United Kingdom, for which it will provide insurance capacity. Over time, the company aims to build a portfolio of diversified profitable business, with earnings primarily driven by fee income rather than underwriting or investment profit.
The company has a clearly articulated risk management framework that includes a defined risk appetite and tolerance statements, which reflect the key risks of its business. In addition, there are well-defined onboarding and monitoring processes for its MGA partners. Bridgehaven benefits from an experienced management team and board of directors that are aware of the key challenges of their business model. Execution risk is expected to remain high in Bridgehaven’s initial years of operation.
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