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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Delvag Versicherungs-AG


A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a" of Delvag
(Delvag) (Germany). The outlook of these
Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

Delvag is the captive insurer for Deutsche Lufthansa
(Lufthansa), a global aviation group domiciled in

The ratings reflect Delvag'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.

Delvag's balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted
capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best's Capital
Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and is supported by the company's good liquidity
profile and profit and loss absorption agreement with Lufthansa that
provides balance sheet protection but limits the accumulation of
earnings. A partly offsetting rating factor is Delvag's dependence on
reinsurance to protect its aviation fleet business. However, the
associated credit risk is mitigated by the use of a financially strong
and diverse reinsurance panel.

Delvag's operating performance is strong, demonstrated by a five-year
average operating ratio of 50% (2013-2017), which is supported by strong
underwriting performance and good investment earnings. A.M. Best expects
prospective underwriting results to remain at a strong level with a
combined ratio similar to the 85% achieved in 2017.

Delvag's profile is enhanced by its strategic importance to and
integration within the Lufthansa group. In addition, it leverages its
expertise in the aviation and transport sectors to write a book of
third-party business alongside its captive business.

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