AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a+" of Lloyd's Syndicate 510 (Syndicate 510) (United Kingdom), which is managed by Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates Limited (TMKS). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable. Concurrently, AM Best has withdrawn the ratings as the syndicate has requested to no longer participate in A.M. Best's interactive rating process.
The Lloyd's market rating is the floor for all syndicate ratings, reflecting the Lloyd's chain of security and, in particular, the role of the Central Fund, which partially mutualises capital at the market level. The ratings of Syndicate 510 reflect the balance sheet strength of the Lloyd's market, which AM Best categorises as very strong, as well as the market's strong operating performance, favourable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
For the 2019 year of account, the syndicate's capacity was maintained at GBP 1.1billion. Approximately 56% of Syndicate 510's capital is provided by Tokio Marine Underwriting Limited, the ultimate parent of which is Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. The remainder of the capital is provided by third party Lloyd's members.
The syndicate's recent technical performance has been broadly in line with the overall Lloyd's market, demonstrated by a five-year weighted average combined ratio of 98% (2014-2018). In 2018, Syndicate 510 recorded a combined ratio of 103%, affected by catastrophe losses in North America. The impact from catastrophe losses was in line with AM Best's expectations given the size and frequency of catastrophe events during the year.
The business profile of all syndicates is linked inextricably to that of Lloyd's, which has a strong position in the global general insurance and reinsurance markets. The collective size of the Lloyd's market allows Syndicate 510 to compete under the Lloyd's brand with international groups. Syndicate 510 is one of the largest syndicates at Lloyd's, ranking seventh based on 2018 gross written premiums. It writes a diversified portfolio by geography and line of business comprising property and special lines, marine and special risks, enterprise risk, accident and health, reinsurance and aviation.
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