AXA ratings upgrade reflects improved financial risk profile

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AXA has been promoted to the double-A ratings category following an upgrade by ratings agency S&P Global.

S&P has upgraded the French insurance group’s financial strength rating by one notch to AA- from A+.

While only a one-notch upgrade, it is significant because it has raised AXA into a new ratings category.

S&P says companies in its AA ratings category have “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments” while companies in the A category have “strong capacity to meet financial commitments, but [are] somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions and changes in circumstances”.

The ratings upgrade applies to all AXA’s core operating subsidiaries.

S&P said it upgraded AXA because it believes the insurance group’s risk profile has strengthened as a result of improved capital adequacy.

The rating agency said: “We expect AXA to maintain strong capital and earnings over the next two years based on our capital model, managing its growth in capital requirements in line with its capital generation.”