Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services says it has lowered its counterparty credit rating on Scottish Re Group Ltd. to B plus, from BB plus.
S&P, New York, also lowered its counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Scottish Re’s operating subsidiaries to BBB minus, from BBB plus.
Scottish Re, Hamilton, Bermuda, recently reported a net loss of $124 million for the second quarter on $594 million in revenue, compared with $1.6 million in net income on $502 million in revenue for the second quarter of 2005.
The company emphasized in its third-quarter earnings release that it believes it has enough access to cash to meet obligations to customers and investors, and that it has tried structure reinsurance relationships in ways that reduce the likelihood that customers can cancel contracts simply because Scottish Re has failed to meet specified financial goals.
But S&P says in a comment on the rating actions that it believes disclosures in the company’s second-quarter Form 10-Q report suggest that Scottish Re may have some trouble tapping a $200 million bank credit facility, even though Scottish Re has not used the facility.