Ratings and Solvency

Insurance Financial Strength Rating

Assessment of an insurance company's ability to meet its obligations towards policyholders. For many years Munich Re has been one of the reinsurers with excellent ratings.

Ratings of Munich Re

Rating agency Rating Outlook Last rating modification Reports
A.M. Best¹ A+ (Superior) stable 07.12.2017 Download (PDF, 85 KB)
Fitch AA (Very strong) stable 21.07.2015 Download (PDF, 725 KB)
Fitch Affirms Munich Re's IFS Rating at 'AA'; Outlook Stable (PDF, 82 KB)
Moody's Aa3 (Excellent) stable 17.03.2005 Download (PDF, 96 KB)
S&P Global Ratings AA- (Very strong) stable 22.12.2006 Download (PDF, 106 KB)

Insurance financial strength ratings of Munich Re’s subsidiaries

Subsidiary of reinsurance group

A.M. Best Fitch Moody's S&P
American Alternative Insurance Corporation A+ AA-
American Modern Insurance Group A+
Bridgeway Insurance Company A+
Digital Partners A+
Great Lakes Insurance SE A+ AA-
Munich American Reassurance Company A+ AA-
Munich Reinsurance America A+ AA Aa3 AA-
Munich Re America Corporation (counterparty credit rating)   a A-
Munich Reinsurance Company of Africa Ltd.² AA-
Munich Reinsurance Company of Australasia Ltd. AA-
Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada A+ AA-
Munich Re of Bermuda, Ltd. A+ AA-
Munich Re of Malta p.l.c. AA-
Munich Re Trading LLC A+
New Reinsurance Company Ltd. A+ AA-
The Hartford Steam Boiler Group A++ AA
The Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company A+ AA-
Temple Insurance Company A+ A+

Subsidiary of primary insurance group

A.M. Best Fitch Moody's S&P
D.A.S. Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited (Great Britain) A+
D.A.S. Rechtsschutz AG (Austria) A
DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG AA AA-
ERGO Insurance Pte. Ltd.  (Singapore) B++
ERGO Versicherung AG AA-
ERGO Group AG (counterparty credit rating) AA- A
ERGO Reiseversicherung AG AA
Europaeiske Rejseforsikring A/S (Denmark) A+
ERGO Vorsorge Lebensversicherung AG AA
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Solvency II

The solvency ratio under Solvency II is the ratio of the eligible own funds to the solvency capital requirement. 

Solvency II ratio1

31.12.2019 Prev. Year Change
Eligible own funds² €m 41,544 35,995 5,549
Solvency capital requirement €m 17,531 14,670 2,861
Solvency II ratio % 237.0 245.4

The eligible own funds as at the balance sheet date take into account deductions for the dividend agreed by the Board of Management and proposed to the Annual  General Meeting for the 2019 financial year of €1.4bn,  and purchases not yet made under the share buy-back programme for 2019/2020 in the amount of €339m.  In order to make the effects of potential further capital measures on the Solvency II ratio transparent to financial statement users, we further recognise a possible share buy-back programme for 2020/2021 in the amount of €1bn.

  1 Eligible own funds excluding the application of transitional measures for technical provisions; including the application of transitional measures for technical provisions, the own funds amounted to €48.1bn (€43.2bn); Solvency II ratio: 274% (295%). 

2 Economic earnings increased the eligible own funds as at the reporting date by a total of around €7.4bn. At the same time, the dividend approved by the Board of Management and proposed to the Annual General Meeting for the 2019 financial year and the potential 2019/2020 share buy-back had a reducing effect of approximately €2.4bn. There is also a further €0.5bn for other measures.

CDS Spread

A Credit Default Swap (CDS) is a tool for hedging credit risk. By buying a CDS, a market participant hedges certain risks arising from credit relationships in exchange for a premium, which is referred to as a CDS Level. The higher the level, the higher the default risk estimated by the market for the issuer.

Development of Munich Re’s five-year CDS compared to the CDS indexes iTraxx Europe and iTraxx Senior Financials with the same maturity respectively. The iTraxx Europe encompasses 125 major European companies. The iTraxx Senior Financials is composed of 25 European financials.
Source: Bloomberg, Datastream
Status: 30.06.2020

Further Information

Detailed information on the rating of individual Munich Re (Group) companies as well as general rating categories can be found on the websites of the rating agencies: