Press Release - DECEMBER 20, 2017

A.M. Best Assigns Issue Credit Ratings to Humana Inc.’s Senior Unsecured Notes

 Wayne Kaminski
Senior Financial Analyst
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Joseph Zazzera
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
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A.M. Best has assigned Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings of “bbb-” to the recently issued $400 million 2.5% senior unsecured notes due 2020 and the $400 million 2.9% senior unsecured notes due 2022 of Humana Inc. (Humana) (headquartered in Louisville, KY) [NYSE: HUM]. The outlooks assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) are stable. All existing ratings for Humana and its subsidiaries are unchanged.

A.M. Best expects Humana to utilize the net proceeds to fund the redemption of notes: $500 million and $300 million with maturity dates of June 15, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2018, respectfully. A.M. Best expects Humana’s financial leverage to remain below 35% at year-end 2017. Additionally, A.M. Best expects Humana’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) interest coverage to be well above 10 times earnings.

The ratings reflect Humana’s strong earnings trend, primarily driven by its senior products, robust cash from operations and strong interest coverage. Humana has a solid business profile, which will improve further following the announced sale of long-term care business. Near term earnings reflect the strong earnings results from Humana’s Medicare Advantage business, which has been a source of growth for a number of years. Cash flows from operations for the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, 2017, totaled approximately $7.0 billion. The results partially reflect the timing of an early $3.1 billion premium payment from CMS and the inclusion of the break-up fee of $1.0 billion from the termination of the proposed Aetna merger.

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AMB# Company Name
058052 Humana Inc.