Press Release - JANUARY 29, 2019

AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.’s Senior Dated Subordinated Notes

 Ghislain Le Cam, CFA, FRM
Director, Analytics
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Mahesh Mistry
Senior Director, Analytics
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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 assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “a-” to the EUR 500 million fixed rate senior dated subordinated notes due 2029 issued on 29 January 2019, by Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali) (Italy). The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable, which is in line with the outlook of Generali’s Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR).

The notes were issued by Generali under its EUR 15 billion euro medium term note programme that was renewed in May 2018. The senior dated subordinated notes will pay a fixed annual coupon of 3.875% until their due date in January 2029.

Generali intends to use the proceeds of this issue to refinance partially the EUR 750 million of subordinated debt callable in 2019, in line with its strategy to reduce total debt by EUR 1.5 billion to EUR 2.0 billion by year-end 2021.

AM Best expects Generali’s financial leverage ratio to increase temporarily following the issuance of these notes, before moving to a more moderate level following the redemption of the debt callable in 2019. AM Best will continue to monitor Generali’s interest coverage and leverage ratios.

The rating of the senior dated subordinated notes is two notches below Generali’s Long-Term ICR, reflecting the fact that they are subordinated to Generali’s senior creditors, but senior to any of the company’s deeply and more deeply subordinated obligations. The notes will rank pari passu with more senior dated subordinated notes of Generali for so long as dated subordinated obligations in place as at 23 May 2018, which are expressed to be senior subordinated obligations with a specified maturity date, are outstanding. The senior dated subordinated notes will rank junior to the more senior dated subordinated notes thereafter, which could result in an increase of the notching gap between the rating of the senior dated subordinated notes and Generali’s Long-Term ICR.

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085071 Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.