NOVEMBER 06, 2019 02:55:40 Eastern Standard Time
AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. and Its Key Life/Health Subsidiaries
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - NOVEMBER 06, 2019 02:55:40 Eastern Standard Time
The ratings reflect Fidelity & Guaranty Life Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as their adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
The group’s ratings primarily reflect its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, solid financial flexibility and its strong investment management capabilities. FGLH’s operating companies have generally reported statutory profitability and maintain a competitive position in the fixed-indexed annuity (FIA) market. Although reported earnings are generally strong, an operating loss was reported in the fourth quarter of 2018 after significant reinsurance activity. AM Best expects that this reported loss is a one-time event, and notes that pre-tax statutory earnings through June 30, 2019 were $142.4 million. Partially offsetting these positive rating factors is the above-average risk profile in the company’s investment portfolio, its significant reliance on FIA sales and the high level of competition in the FIA market. AM 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 relationship with Blackstone Insurance Solutions Group, which provides FGLH with access to Blackstone’s resources.
The FSR of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a-” have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following key life/health subsidiaries of Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc.
The following Long-Term IR of FGLH has been affirmed with a stable outlook:
— “bbb-” on $550 million 5.5% senior unsecured notes, due 2025
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