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JANUARY 17, 2013 12:00 AM (EST)

A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to Pacific LifeCorp’s New Senior Unsecured Notes

Joan Sullivan
Senior Financial Analyst
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5144

Rosemarie Mirabella
Managing Senior Financial Analyst
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5892

Rachelle Morrow
Senior Manager, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5378

Jim Peavy
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
(908) 439-2200, ext. 5644


OLDWICK, N.J. - JANUARY 17, 2013 12:00 AM (EST)
A.M. Best Co. has assigned a debt rating of "a-" to the recently issued $500 million, 5.125% 30-year senior unsecured notes of Pacific LifeCorp (PLC) (Newport Beach, CA). The assigned outlook is stable. The proceeds from the offering will be utilized to retire a portion ($322.8 million) of the outstanding 9.25% surplus notes, due 2039 of Pacific Life Insurance Company (Pacific Life) (Omaha, NE). Pacific Life is PLC’s lead life insurance subsidiary.

On an adjusted pro-forma basis, financial leverage remains unchanged at approximately 24% following the transactions. Financial leverage and interest coverage are within guidelines for the current ratings, and Pacific Life continues to maintain strong liquidity resources and solid risk-adjusted capitalization levels.

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AMB# Company Name
006885 Pacific Life Insurance Company
050800 Pacific LifeCorp