Press Release - SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s New Surplus Notes

 Erik Miller
Associate Director
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Rosemarie Mirabella
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
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AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “aa” to the $600 million 3.625% surplus notes due 2059 issued by The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Northwestern Mutual) (Milwaukee, WI). The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable. The existing ratings of Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiary are unchanged.

The proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes. The size of the issuance may increase as part of an exchange offering for its existing 6.063% surplus notes due 2040. The newly issued surplus notes, in addition to its existing surplus notes, will remain subordinate to policyholder liabilities and will require regulatory approval for payments.

As only approximately $600 million of the new issuance will be additive to financial leverage, interest coverage, and leverage ratios will not be impacted materially in AM Best’s view, and the pro forma adjusted financial leverage will remain within AM Best’s guidelines and methodology.

The underlying rating of Northwestern Mutual reflects its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its very strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and very strong enterprise risk management.

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006845 Northwestern Mutual Life Ins Co