The ratings reflect Kiwi’s strong risk-adjusted capitalization and sound operating performance. As an affiliated company of
Offsetting rating factors are the relatively small scale of Kiwi’s in-force portfolio and relatively high-risk retention per life, which exposes it to claims volatility. In addition, operating results in recent years have been subdued due to higher expenses incurred ahead of increased sales as the company develops its in-house insurance sales and underwriting capability.
While positive rating actions are unlikely, negative rating actions could occur due to a material decline in the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization or significant deterioration in its operating performance.
In addition, negative rating pressure could occur if there is any adverse development in the financial strength or operations of NZPL and its sister company,
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