May 03, 2012 at 14:15 PM EDT
A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Radius Insurance Co., Ltd.

A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a” to Radius Insurance Co., Ltd. (Radius) (Cayman Islands). The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.

The ratings of Radius are based on its excellent capitalization, a history of profitable business written from a predecessor captive, as well as the position the company holds as the captive insurer for its ultimate parent, Phillips 66. Phillips 66 became a publicly traded company under the ticker symbol, NYSE: PSX, and is the result of ConocoPhillips spinning off the downstream portion of its business to the public. The ratings also consider the level of commitment on the part of its parent, whose management incorporates Radius as a core element in its overall risk management program. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is Radius’s exposure to large losses due to the limits offered on its policies as well as its significant dependence on reinsurance protection.

The business that will be written by Radius has a history of strong underwriting results and operating returns. The company’s loss experience has remained favorable due in part to the strong loss control programs at the parent. Phillips 66 will conduct annual reviews of its potential loss exposures through a specialist in industrial risks. A single occurrence could result in a large loss that approaches Radius’s limits. However, the company has the capital to fund claims in the event of a reinsurance recovery problem.

Key rating triggers that could result in positive rating actions would be Radius generating consistent net income, limited losses and meeting and/or exceeding its business plan over the long term.

Key rating triggers that could result in negative rating actions would be Radius generating consistent net losses, numerous large claims and/or not executing its business plan over the long term.

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

For current Best’s Credit Ratings and independent data on the captive and alternative insurance market, please visit www.ambest.com/captive.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Key criteria utilized include: “Assessing Country Risk”; “Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)”; ”Evaluating Non-Insurance Ultimate Parents”; ”Rating Members of Insurance Groups”; “Rating New Company Formations”; “Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies”; “Understanding BCAR for Property/Casualty Insurers”; and “Understanding Universal BCAR.” Methodologies can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Contacts:

A.M. Best Co.
Nick Dranchak, 908-439-2200, ext. 5629
Senior Financial Analyst
nick.dranchak@ambest.com
or
Steven Chirico, CPA, 908-439-2200, ext. 5087
Assistant Vice President
steven.chirico@ambest.com
or
Rachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378
Senior Manager, Public Relations
rachelle.morrow@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com
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