Sri Lanka Janashakthi on negative rating watch

May 14, 2009 (LBO) – The ‘BBB+’ claims-paying-ability rating of Sri Lanka’s Janashakthi Insurance has been put on watch with a negative outlook following the suspension of its license by the regulator, Ram Rating Lanka said.

A ‘positive’ outlook indicates that a rating may be raised while a ‘negative’ outlook indicates that a rating may be lowered, RAM said.

“The Rating Watch was triggered by the suspension of its license by the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka (IBSL) owing to non-compliance with regulations,” the rating agency said in a statement.

Janshakthi has appealed the decision.

The Rating Watch will be resolved once more information in this regard comes to light.

A ‘rating watch’ indicates a possible change in the rating usually within six months or less, rating analysts say.

A rating watch is triggered by a specific event, and will be resolved when more information is available. Once a watch is resolved, the rating may also be left unchanged.