OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has placed under review with developing implications the
Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit
Ratings of “bbb+” of Austral Resseguradora S.A.(Austral Re) and Austral
Seguradora S.A.(Austral Seg). Both companies are domiciled in Brazil,
and collectively are referred to as Austral.
The rating actions follow the recent announcement that Austral Re and
Terra Brasis Resseguros have entered into a definitive agreement to
merge their reinsurance operations. The combined entity will be the
fifth-largest reinsurer based on estimated surplus (BRL 377 million, or
USD 97 million), and the third-largest reinsurer based on estimated
premiums (BRL 766 million, or USD 197 million annualized) in Brazil’s
reinsurance market, as of March 2019. The two companies have been in
discussion for a few months, likely in an attempt to create a stronger
reinsurance player in Brazil. The deal is expected to close within six
months, after regulatory (SUSEP) and anti-trust (CADE) approvals.
The shareholders of the proposed combined entity will be Vinci Partners,
Brasil Plural and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the
financial arm of the World Bank. Bruno Freire, currently Austral Re’s
CEO, will be the CEO of the combined entity. Rodrigo Botti, which is
currently Terra Brasis’ CEO, will be the chief financial officer of the
The ratings will remain under review pending the completion of the
transaction. AM Best will continue to hold discussions with the
companies and monitor their risk-adjusted capitalization, operating
performance, business profile and enterprise risk management.
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