A.M. Best Comments on the Ratings of MS Frontier Reinsurance Ltd.

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Best Co. has commented that the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a+” of MS Frontier Reinsurance Ltd (MS Frontier) (Hamilton, Bermuda) are unchanged following the announcement that MS Frontier will reorganize and consolidate the business of its subsidiary, Mitsui Sumitomo Reinsurance Limited (MSRe) (Ireland) and operate on a single platform under a unified brand of MS Frontier Re. The outlook for both ratings is stable. MS Frontier is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited (MSI), and MSI is a subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. (both domiciled in Japan).

After analyzing pertinent information, A.M. Best has decided that currently there is no negative impact from the reorganization announcement. A.M. Best will continue to closely monitor the outcome of the consolidation.

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