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MARCH 31, 2021 11:20 AM (EDT)

AM Best Revises Issuer Credit Rating Outlook to Positive for Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited and Its Subsidiaries

 Anthony McSwieney
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OLDWICK - MARCH 31, 2021 11:20 AM (EDT)
AM Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Ratings (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” of the subsidiaries of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited (Bermuda). The outlook of the FSRs is stable. These subsidiaries are referred to collectively as Global Atlantic Group (Global Atlantic). AM Best also has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the Long-Term ICR and affirmed the Long-Term ICRs of “bbb” of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited (Bermuda), the ultimate parent holding company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Global Atlantic (Fin) Company (Bermuda) (Finco). Additionally, AM Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bbb” on the $150 million 8.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2021, initially issued by Forethought Financial Group, Inc. and assumed by Finco. (See below for a detailed listing of the subsidiaries)

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Global Atlantic’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The positive Long-Term ICR outlook represents the improvement in Global Atlantic’s business profile through strategic growth in flow reinsurance, pension risk transfer and other product blocks. With the recent announcement of the company’s affiliation with KKR in February, AM Best anticipates that this rating factor will likely be enhanced further through more reinsurance opportunities.

Global Atlantic’s balance sheet continues to be supported by its strong risk-adjusted capitalization complemented by a strong asset-liability matching program. Investment risk, while diversified and well managed to date, does provide a potential for greater volatility. Global Atlantic maintains a favorable market position in its core annuity, life insurance and reinsurance segments – a key driver for premium and earnings growth for the company.

Global Atlantic’s profitability has been improving through several years of risk reduction and strategic business initiatives currently being realized and is expected to organically enhance the company’s balance sheet going forward.

The FSRs of A (Excellent) have been affirmed with stable outlooks and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” have been affirmed with positive outlooks for the following subsidiaries of Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited:

  • Commonwealth Annuity and Life Insurance Company

  • First Allmerica Financial Life Insurance Company

  • Forethought Life Insurance Company

  • Accordia Life and Annuity Company

  • Global Atlantic Re Limited

  • Global Atlantic Assurance Limited

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