Press Release - DECEMBER 05, 2018

AM Best Removes from Under Review with Developing Implications and Affirms Credit Ratings of 5 Star Life Insurance Company

 Keith Behrmann
Senior Financial Analyst
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Rosemarie Mirabella
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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AM Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of 5 Star Life Insurance Company (5 Star Life) (Lincoln, NE). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect 5 Star Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also reflect the continued financial and operational support of its parent, Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA).

5 Star Life has reported improving trends in earnings and capital that are in-line with expectations to return to profitability in the near term. Additionally, improved performance supports growth in total capital and the maintenance of risk-adjusted capitalization in the strongest category, according to Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio. The improved performance is related primarily to the company’s shift from high strain final expense products to worksite products, which have lower statutory strain and shorter breakeven periods, as well as the active management of expenses to support sustainable profitability going forward.

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