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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of New York Life Insurance Company and Its Subsidiaries


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OLDWICK - JULY 03, 2024 12:12 PM (EDT)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A++ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of “aaa” (Exceptional) of New York Life Insurance Company, New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation (NYLIAC), Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA), New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (NYLGICNY) and NYLIFE Insurance Company of Arizona. All companies are referred to as New York Life and are headquartered in New York, NY. AM Best also has affirmed the Long-Term ICRs of “aaa” (Exceptional) of New York Life Global Funding and New York Life Funding. Lastly, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IRs) of the funding agreement-backed securities programs, the outstanding notes issued therein and the Long-Term IRs on the existing surplus notes of New York Life Insurance Company. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of the Long- and Short-Term IRs)

The ratings reflect New York Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strongest, as well as its very strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and very strong enterprise risk management.

The rating affirmations reflect New York Life’s ability to maintain capital levels, financial flexibility and strong earnings. The group continues to exhibit the ability to adjust during changing market conditions, through its balance sheet and business operations while its capital adequacy, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), remains strong.

The group’s very strong operating performance is derived from a well-diversified business providing different sources of revenue, which has improved because of favorable earnings across the business and strong agency sales. An expanding and diverse profitable book of annuities, life insurance and employee benefits provide support for New York Life’s very favorable business profile.

The following Long-Term IRs have been assigned with stable outlooks:

New York Life Global Funding —

- “aaa” (Exceptional) on $550 million 5% senior secured-fixed rate, due June 2029

- “aaa” (Exceptional) on EUR 500 million 3.625 senior secured-fixed rate, due June 2034

The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with stable outlooks:

New York Life Funding — “aaa” (Exceptional) program rating

- “aaa” (Exceptional) on all outstanding notes issued under the program

New York Life Global Funding — “aaa” (Exceptional) program rating

- “aaa” (Exceptional) on all outstanding notes issued under the program

New York Life Insurance Company—

- “aa” (Superior) on $1 billion 5.875% surplus notes, due May 2033

- “aa” (Superior) on $1 billion 6.75% surplus notes, due November 2039

- “aa” (Superior) on $1.25 billion 3.75% surplus notes, due May 2050

- “aa” (Superior) on $1 billion 4.45% surplus notes, due May 2069

The following Short-Term IR has been affirmed:

New York Life Capital Corporation —

- AMB-1+ (Strongest) on the commercial paper program

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best's Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Performance Assessments, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

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