Press Release - MARCH 16, 2018

A.M. Best Assigns Indicative Issue Credit Ratings to Humana Inc.’s New Shelf Registration

 Wayne Kaminski
Senior Financial Analyst
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Joseph Zazzera, MBA
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
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OLDWICK - MARCH 16, 2018
A.M. Best has assigned indicative Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings of “bbb-” to senior unsecured notes, “bb+” to subordinated debt and “bb” to preferred stock, to the recently filed universal shelf registration of Humana Inc. (Humana) (headquartered in Louisville, KY) [NYSE: HUM]. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings on the previous shelf registration. The existing ratings of Humana and its subsidiaries are unchanged.

Humana’s debt-to-capital leverage is approximately 33% at year-end 2017, where it is expected to remain in a range below 35% over the medium term. The ratio had increased following Humana’s recent issuance of $800 million of debt, and the proceeds were to be used to fund the redemption of expiring notes in 2018. Earnings before interest and taxes interest coverage is approximately 17 times earnings at year-end 2017. A.M. Best expects Humana’s coverage ratio to remain in a range above 10 times earnings in the near term. Additionally, in 2017, net operating earnings results of $2.4 billion were partially reflective of the $1.0 billion break-up fee paid by Aetna Inc., in addition to very strong Medicare Advantage results and favorable results from its residual individual commercial line of business.

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