Press Release - MAY 11, 2018

A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of TD Reinsurance (Barbados) Inc.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - MAY 11, 2018
A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a+” of TD Reinsurance (Barbados) Inc. (TD Re) (Barbados). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect TD Re’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The company has a history of high returns on equity due to favorable underwriting results on a solid capital base that has continued through 2017. Furthermore, the company maintains a high quality, short duration investment portfolio that adequately matches its liability profile.

TD Re primarily is a life reinsurer that is ultimately owned by The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Bank). TD Re principally reinsures credit insurance policies underwritten by third-party life insurance carriers on consumer loans originated by TD Bank’s Canadian retail branches. In 2017, the company finalized its first general insurance transaction with another TD Bank subsidiary. The new business is primarily homeowners and private passenger auto insurance.

These strengths are offset partially by a dependence on Canadian consumer loan originations for growth and the recent move to take on what A.M. Best categorizes as higher risk products in the new general insurance transaction. While the company’s financial leverage has increased as a result of this business change, A.M. Best notes that the overall balance sheet strength and risk-adjusted capitalization remain very strong.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see A.M. Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Understanding Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best Rating Action Press Releases.

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056952 TD Reinsurance (Barbados) Inc.
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