Insurance in El Salvador at the Closing of 2008

Fitch Ratings highlighted a 26.5% growth in net results by the Salvadoran Insurance Sector as compared to 2007.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

•Greater Earnings. The Salvadoran insurance industry recorded a 26.5% growth in its net results for 2007, resulting primarily from an increase in subscribed premiums coupled with a lower accident rate.

• Overestimation of production. The portfolio of net premiums totaled $439.2 million, an increase of 11.4% over 2007.

• Claims Decreased. The net retained claims portfolio went down to 45.8% in 2008.

• Persistence of good coverage in reinsurance. The sector has adequate protections.

• Low leverage. Sector assets are funded (45.6%) by endowment; operating leverage remains very low (1.2 times).

• Adequate levels of liquidity. The coverage of technical reserves of liquid assets is adequate (1.5 times).

• Performance may be reduced in 2009. While the rates of return have shown a favorable trend in recent years, according to Fitch, they could be affected by the impact of the economic slowdown in 2009.

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There was an improvement in accident rates and operating performance in the Nicaraguan insurance sector in 2008, as reported by Fitch in a special report.

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The Insurance Sector in El Salvador

October 2008

Fitch Central America Special Report: "Salvadoran Insurance Sector: Bi-annual Performance and Short Term Outlook."

The main highlight in the Salvadoran insurance sector is that 80% of the premiums are in the hands of international conglomerates, which creates stability and strength and has resulted in improvements in the solvency, liquidity and management ratios.

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