Oldwick
15 June 2017
Reporter: Becky Butcher

Ratings of Duke Energy captive affirmed


A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of “A (Excellent)” and the long-term issuer credit rating of “a” of Bison Insurance Company, the captive of Duke Energy Corporation.

According to A.M. Best, the rating affirmations reflect the captive’s “historically excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation, consistent operating profitability driven by favourable underwriting results, conservative reserve levels and effective enterprise risk management controls”.

Partially offsetting these rating factors are Bison’s volatile underwriting results due to its low-frequency, high-severity risk profile, coupled with its high net retained limits relative to its available capital.

Bison insures select risks for Duke Energy, providing a variety of coverage in property and casualty lines of business.

While favourable operating performance has been reported consistently in the last five years and in Q1 2017, underwriting results are volatile, which puts Bison at risk of occasional outsized losses, A.M. Best said.

A.M. Best said: “Duke Energy’s risk management team takes a holistic approach to managing its risks and utilises the captive as an integral part of this process. Bison’s long-term growth opportunities primarily depend on Duke Energy’s business success.”

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