Content of Participatory Reports

For AKG Offshore Financial Strength Assessment Reports

Issued after August 2017. Click here for older reports.

The information currently included in each Participatory Report in AKG's series of Offshore Financial Strength Reports is structured as follows:

 

Inside Front Cover:

About This Financial Strength Assessment

 An overview and further insight into Financial Strength and AKG's viewpoint into analysis.

Table of contents

 A list of contents found inside the Report.

Contact information

 AKG's address, phone number, general email address and website URL.

Rating & Assessment Commentary:

Ratings

AKG’s assessment (on a scale of A, B+, B, B-, C, D) of the company’s Overall Financial Strength. See the ‘Guide to AKG Ratings’ for further details of the methodology used.

Where applicable for insurance companies, more granular financial strength ratings for Non Profit; Unit Linked and With Profits business is shown, see the 'Guide to AKG Ratings' for further details of the methodology used. Also supporting ratings for Service, Image & Strategy and Business Performance are shown.

Summary

A short section consisting of bullet points which condense key contributory factors for the given rating(s) and the assessment.

Commentary

 Further explanatory commentary specifically related to the Strength Rating(s).

Further explanatory commentary specifically related to the Supporting Ratings.

Group & Parental Context:

Background

A broad overview of the background to the group structure of the companies covered by the report. This may include some financial tables where it is appropriate to show them here rather than at the rated company level.

Group Structure (Simplified)

A simplified diagrammatic representation of the relationship between the key companies in the group.

Company Analysis:

Basic Information

 The generic type of company (e.g. Life Insurer).

The ultimate owner and controller, which may be different, to the company (or the majority owner if there is more than one owner). For UK registered companies, this information is disclosed in the company’s statutory accounts. For overseas owners, the country of domicile is also shown.

The year that the current corporate entity started operating, which is usually the year of incorporation.

The country in where the entity is legally constituted or formed and whose laws of business and tax it has to follow in respect of that formation.

The address of the Head Office (usually defined as the location of the company’s most senior management. Need not necessarily be the company’s registered office address).

A contact telephone number, general email address and the URL of the brand's main website.

A short list of the senior individuals considered to be of most interest to readers, such as chief executive, finance director etc.

A broad overview of the general background of the company, including any significant historical changes such as predecessor companies, transfers/mergers, name changes etc.

Operations

An outline of key elements of the company's system of governance and how this is arranged.

An outline of key elements of the company's risk management and how this is arranged.

An outline of key elements within the organisation, and specifically that company's internal service/ administrative functions and infrastructure.

Details of measurement (internal and external) presented by the company, or available in the market, on how its service performance compares within internal and/ or external measurement. This might include Awards and Standard Surveys.

Details of any relevant outsourcing arrangements in respect of policy administration and other services.

Strategy

How the organisation seeks to position itself in the market including the image it aspires to and how this is achieved. This is both currently and in terms of planned future development.

The organisations existing proposition set (products and services) and its outlook for future development.

Financials (SII Insurance Company)

A table showing the breakdown of the company's long-term business assets over the company's last three accounting periods, excluding any which are inadmissible valued on a Solvency II basis.

A table showing the company’s long-term business liabilities and excess of assets over liabilities over the company’s last three accounting periods. Liabilities are split as the following:

Excess of assets over liabilities is the amount by which Assets (from the previous table) are in excess of Liabilities, at each reporting period end.

Technical provisions representing the amount that the insurance company would have to pay in order to transfer its obligations immediately to another insurance company, in respect of Life or Health contracts written on a similar technical basis as life insurance (i.e. long term business) SLT stands for "Similar to Life Techniques". The technical provisions consist of a best estimate liability and a risk margin.

Expenses incurred in the servicing of life insurance obligations, broken down into each reported business line.

Details of the company's solvency requirement, broken down by type of risk.

A table showing the company's total eligible own funds to meet the SCR, classified into tiers of capital. This is shown as at the end of the last three accounting periods, as available. The excess of own funds over the SCR is also shown together with the SCR Ratio, which is a key indicator of coverage.

 Gross Written Premiums (GWP) on life insurance business, broken down into each reported business line.

Gross Written Premiums (GWP) on life insurance business, broken down by the home country and the top 5 other countries.

A table showing the company's profits in each of the last three accounting periods, showing, profit/loss before tax, tax, profit/loss after tax, other comprehensive income, dividends and retained profit/loss.

A table showing net life premiums earned and net life claims incurred together with the resultant in-flow or out-flow, being the difference between premiums and claims.

Note: For General Insurance Companies, different financials are shown, with the appropriate tables being:

Financials (Non-SII Insurance Company)

A table showing the breakdown of the company’s long-term business assets over the company’s last three accounting periods, excluding any which are inadmissible. The table also shows free assets and the free asset ratio. The ‘excess of available assets and implicit items over the required minimum margin’ disclosed in the company’s returns is commonly referred to as the ‘free assets’. The free asset ratio is the free assets expressed as a percentage of the total long-term admissible assets. Explanatory comments from AKG are included immediately below the table.

A table showing the company’s long-term business liabilities and margins (both gross and net of reinsurance) over the company’s last three accounting periods, together with the required minimum margin ('RMM') for solvency margin purposes and the RMM coverage (being the free assets plus the RMM, expressed as a multiple of the RMM). The concept of ‘liabilities and margins’ is effectively defined by the regulatory disclosure requirements. The usual position is that a company’s total long-term assets (as shown in the earlier table) equals its liabilities plus any ‘margins’ it holds (such as investment reserves, and any surplus amounts carried forward inside its long-term funds). Explanatory comments from AKG are included immediately below the table.

A table showing the makeup of the total amount of ‘Other than long-term business assets’ available to meet the solvency margin requirements of the company’s long-term business in each of the last three accounting periods. Explanatory comments from AKG are included immediately below the table.

A table showing key lines from the company’s long-term business revenue accounts over its last three accounting periods. Explanatory comments from AKG are included immediately below the table.

A table showing the mix of the company’s new single premium business (by product type, and by UK and Other) over the last three accounting periods.

A table showing the mix of the company’s new regular premium business (by product type, and by UK and Other) over the last three accounting periods. Followed by explanatory comments from AKG about the new business product mix and trends therein.

Explanatory comments from AKG in respect of the tables and any other relevant financial information shown throughout, below the relevant tables.

 

Guide:

Introduction

Further explanation into Financial Strength and AKG's focus.

Rating definitions

 

About AKG

A brief overview of AKG as an independent organisation and how it is situated within the market.

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