AP NEWS

A.M. Best Upgrades Credit Ratings of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. and Key Subsidiaries; Assigns Credit Ratings to F&G Reinsurance Ltd

November 20, 2018

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2018--A.M. Best has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) to “a-” from “bbb+” of the key life/health subsidiaries of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. (FGLH) (Delaware). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) has been revised to stable from positive. (See below for a detailed listing of these companies.) Concurrently, A.M. Best has assigned an FSR of A- (Excellent) and a Long-Term ICR of “a-” to F&G Reinsurance Ltd (Bermuda). The outlook assigned to these ratings is stable. These subsidiaries collectively are referred to as Fidelity & Guaranty Life Group.

In addition, A.M. Best has upgraded the Long-Term ICR to “bbb-” from “bb+” and the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) to “bbb-” from “bb+” of FGLH. The outlook of these ratings has been revised to stable from positive. (See below for details of the Long-Term IR.)

The ratings reflect Fidelity & Guaranty Life Group’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The group’s ratings primarily reflect its solid and improved risk-adjusted capitalization, strong financial flexibility and improved investment management capabilities. FGLH’s operating companies have reported generally positive earnings and hold a strong competitive position in the fixed-indexed annuity (FIA) market.

Partially offsetting these rating factors is the above-average risk exposure in the company’s investment portfolio, its significant reliance on FIA sales and the high level of competition in the FIA market. A.M. Best notes that despite exposure to some heightened investment risk, FGLH’s investment management capabilities are viewed as strong as the group benefits from its new relationship with Blackstone Insurance Solutions Group, which provides FGLH with access to Blackstone resources.

The FSR has been upgraded to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICRs to “a-” from “bbb+”, with the outlooks revised to stable from positive, for the following key life/health subsidiaries of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc.

Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York

The following Long-Term IR of FGLH has been upgraded with its outlook revised to stable from positive:

-- to “bbb-” from “bb+” on $550 million 5.5% senior unsecured notes, due 2025

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on A.M. Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see A.M. Best’s web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view . For information on the proper media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and A.M. Best press releases, please view .

A.M. Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit for more information.

Copyright © 2018 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181120005667/en/

CONTACT: Jason MacKenzie

Financial Analyst

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5649

jason.mackenzie@ambest.comEdward Kohlberg

Associate Director

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5664

edward.kohlberg@ambest.comChristopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE

SOURCE: A.M. Best

Copyright Business Wire 2018.

PUB: 11/20/2018 02:21 PM/DISC: 11/20/2018 02:20 PM

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181120005667/en

AP RADIO
Update hourly