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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Builders Reinsurance S.A. and Builders Direct S.A.


A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A-
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "a-" of Builders
Reinsurance S.A. (Builders Re) (Luxembourg) and Builders
Direct S.A. (Builders Direct) (Luxembourg), both subsidiaries of
HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft (HOCHTIEF), a large Germany-based
construction company that is majority owned by Actividades de
Construcción y Servicios S.A. (ACS). The outlook of these Credit
Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

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

Builders Re'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). A.M. Best expects Builders Re's
risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain at a strongest level, supported
by good internal capital generation.

Builders Re has a track record of strong and stable operating
performance, largely driven by robust underwriting results, as
demonstrated by a three-year average combined ratio of 79.8%.
Prospective performance is subject to some volatility, mainly from
exposure to potential aggregation of losses. The company partly
mitigates this risk by purchasing whole account quota share cover from
financially strong reinsurers.

Builders Re's business profile assessment reflects the company's
geographically concentrated portfolio of casualty risks that emanate
from HOCHTIEF's construction operations in North America. Builders Re
also reinsures the business emanating from HOCHTIEF's smaller insurance
company, Builders Direct.

Builders Direct's ratings primarily reflect its strategic importance to
Builders Re as a source of business growth and diversification, as well
as explicit support from Builders Re in the form of reinsurance
protection. Builders Direct was created in 2013 and provides insurance
cover to the HOCHTIEF group, as well as to third-party entities with a
focus on mutual companies.

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transfer entities, with more than 200 such vehicles rated throughout the
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