Published on 08 Apr 2022.
RAM Ratings has assigned a LECA™ rating of “a+” to Swap Captive Insurance Limited (SCIL or the Captive), a licensed Labuan captive insurer. The rating indicates the Captive has adequate capacity to meet policyholder obligations and financial commitments, with the + suffix indicating a placement at the upper end of the rating category.
Incorporated in 2017, SCIL provides device protection insurance to customers sourced from the business network of related companies – Swap Logistics Distribution Sdn Bhd and Swap Device Solutions Sdn Bhd (collectively, Swap Group). Swap Group is a distributor of mobile telecommunication products and a fourth-party logistics (4PL) supply chain solution provider in Malaysia. SCIL has also provided commercial insurance coverage for Swap Group’s distribution operations, which it is presently winding down. Thus, our assessment mainly considers the device protection operations in Malaysia.
SCIL’s rating is anchored by strong underwriting performance. Claim incidences are low and liabilities are short-tailed (mostly settled within a few business days). The Captive has a profitable track record. Over the last 3 years, SCIL’s combined ratio has stayed below 50% against gross premiums of approximately RM40 mil. The Captive has a conservative liquidity profile and its solvency position, adequate to meet regulatory requirements.
At present, SCIL’s subscriber base is supported by an exclusive partnership with a major telco in Malaysia. This anchors the Captive’s stable premiums and profitability. Conversely, this reliance underscores SCIL’s dependence on contract renewals and exposes SCIL to the significant risk of a single counterparty, although the Group’s partnership with the telco has been well in place for more than a decade. Traditionally low take-up rates of mobile insurance is another factor limiting present premium growth.
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