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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Jupiter Insurance Limited


A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" of Jupiter
Insurance Limited
(Jupiter) (Guernsey), a captive of BP p.l.c.
(BP). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect Jupiter's balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best
categorises as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance,
neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management

Jupiter's balance sheet strength is supported by its risk-adjusted
capitalisation being at the strongest level, as measured by Best's
Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Offsetting rating factors include the
captive's high underwriting limits provided to a number of different
locations and facilities, as well as its concentrated investment
portfolio, which predominantly consists of financial instruments linked
to its ultimate parent, BP.

A.M. Best expects Jupiter's risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain at
the strongest level, supported by strong internal capital generation and
a capital base of approximately USD 6.5 billion as at year-end 2017 that
continues to support the captive's high maximum line size of USD 1.5
billion. The captive does not purchase any outward reinsurance cover.
Jupiter's investments are highly concentrated, with 99% invested in
discount notes issued by BP International Limited (durations between one
and 12 months). Consequently, A.M. Best considers Jupiter's financial
strength to be linked closely to that of BP.

The captive has reported strong operating results over the past five
years, mainly driven by strong underwriting profits in the absence of
large losses. However, softening market conditions, lower insured values
due to BP's divestments and lower oil prices have put significant
downward pressure on Jupiter's premium income. As its underwriting
limits have remained unchanged, this is likely to increase the
volatility in Jupiter's prospective operating results.

Jupiter's business profile assessment reflects its key role in BP's
overall risk management framework, as its principal captive. Jupiter's
underwritten risks consist largely of offshore and onshore property, and
business interruption cover. The captive allows BP to optimise its
insurance protection in terms of scope and cost. In addition, Jupiter
provides reinsurance to its sister captive, Saturn Insurance Inc.

A.M. Best remains the leading rating agency of alternative risk transfer
entities, with more than 200 such vehicles rated throughout the world.
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