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FEBRUARY 19, 2021 09:13 AM (EST)

AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Principal Financial Group, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries

 Louis Silvers
Senior Financial Analyst
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Michael Porcelli
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Christopher Sharkey
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Jim Peavy
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OLDWICK - FEBRUARY 19, 2021 09:13 AM (EST)
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa” of Principal Life Insurance Company and Principal National Life Insurance Company. Both are life insurance operating companies of Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) [NASDAQ: PFG] and collectively are referred to as Principal. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICRs of “a” of Principal Financial Services, Inc. and PFG, as well as the group’s Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. AM Best also has affirmed the group’s Short-Term Issue Credit Rating (Short-Term IR). (Please see below for a detailed listing of the Long- and Short-Term IRs.) All companies are headquartered in Des Moines, IA.

The ratings reflect Principal’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and very strong enterprise risk management (ERM).

AM Best views Principal’s risk-adjusted capitalization as strong, although growth in capital has been constrained by dividends to the parent company. The balance sheet strength also benefits from favorable financial flexibility and liquidity profiles, as well as a high quality investment portfolio. This is partially offset by Principal’s higher allocations to commercial mortgages in comparison with the group’s peers and usage of its captive reinsurers.

The company continues to report favorable and stable growth trends and profitability metrics, benefiting from its diverse lines of business, distribution channels and leading market positions. An increasing presence internationally provides additional earnings diversity. However, AM Best notes that political and macroeconomic events in several of its key international markets could have negative effects on the holding company going forward.

Principal has demonstrated strong risk management capabilities through continued enhancements to its risk modeling and stress-testing capabilities to support the overall business strategy, continuing to increase coordination between the business units and centralized risk management functions.

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

Principal Financial Group, Inc.—

— “a” on $300 million 3.30% senior unsecured notes, due 2022

— “a” on $300 million 3.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2023

— “a” on $400 million 3.40% senior unsecured notes, due 2025

— “a” on $350 million 3.10% senior unsecured notes, due 2026

— “a” on $500 million 3.70% senior unsecured notes, due 2029

— “a” on $600 million 2.125% senior secured notes, due 2030

— “a” on $505.6 million 6.05% senior unsecured notes, due 2036

— “a” on $300 million 4.625% senior unsecured notes, due 2042

— “a” on $300 million 4.35% senior unsecured notes, due 2043

— “a” on $300 million 4.30% senior unsecured notes, due 2046

— “a-”on $400 million 4.70% junior subordinated notes, due 2055

Principal Life Global Funding I—“aa” on program rating

— “aa” on all outstanding notes issued under the program

Principal Life Global Funding II—“aa” on program rating

— “aa” on all outstanding notes issued under the program

Principal Financial Global Funding, LLC—“aa” on program rating

— “aa” on all outstanding notes issued under the program

Principal Financial Global Funding II LLC—“aa” on program rating

—“aa” on all outstanding notes issued under the program

Principal Life Income Funding Trusts—“aa” on program rating

The following Short-Term IR has been affirmed:

Principal Life Insurance Company—

— AMB-1+ commercial paper rating

The following indicative Long-Term IRs on securities available under universal shelf registration have been affirmed with stable outlooks:

Principal Financial Group, Inc.—

— “a” on senior unsecured debt

— “a-” on subordinated debt

—“bbb+” on preferred stock

Principal Capital I, II and III—

— “aa” on preferred securities

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 media use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best’s Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

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