OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a” (Excellent) of Spirit Insurance Company (Spirit) (Colchester, VT) and Radius Insurance Company (Radius) (Cayman Islands). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect Spirit’s and Radius’ balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as each company’s adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Spirit and Radius each have inherent benefits of financial flexibility and support as captive insurers for their ultimate parent, Phillips 66 [NYSE: PSX], with integrated operations, closely aligned and uniform interests and establishment as core elements in its overall risk management program. The captives’ loss experience has remained generally favorable due in part to a lack of material catastrophe losses, as well as the parent’s strong loss control program. Phillips 66 conducts periodic reviews of Spirit’s and Radius’ potential loss exposures through an industrial risks specialist.
The captives’ underwriting risks largely consist of onshore and limited offshore property and liability business. Spirit provides property damage, business interruption, excess liability and employee medical reimbursement insurance to Phillips 66, its affiliates and subsidiaries’ domestic U.S. operations only; however, Spirit generally does not provide coverage for Texas-based risks. Radius provides similar coverage (i.e., property damage, business interruption, excess liability), as well as cargo insurance to Phillips 66, its affiliate, and subsidiaries’ non-U.S. risks in which Phillips 66 has ownership interests.
Spirit and Radius have exposure to low frequency, high severity loss claims due to the limits offered on their respective policies, introducing potential significant dependence on reinsurance protection. Spirit also provides terrorism coverage to its parent. This risk exposure is relatively high on a gross basis but is mitigated by reinsurance protection afforded by federal TRIPRA (Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act) coverage, which expires in 2027.
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