JULY 18, 2017 05:08 PM (EDT)
A.M. Best Removes From Under Review With Negative Implications, Affirms Credit Ratings of Sagicor Financial Corp. Ltd. and Subs.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OLDWICK - JULY 18, 2017 05:08 PM (EDT)
A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (ICR) of “a-” of the following subsidiaries of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (SFC) (Bermuda): Sagicor Life Inc. (St. Michael, Barbados), Sagicor General Insurance Inc. (Bridgetown, Barbados) and Sagicor Life Insurance Company (Austin, TX). In addition, A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the FSR of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (Kingston, Jamaica), a subsidiary of SFC. A.M. Best also has removed from under review with negative implications and affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb-” of SFC.
Concurrently, A.M. Best has removed from under review with negative implications and downgraded the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating to “bbb” from “bbb+” on the USD 320 million, 8.875% senior unsecured notes that mature in 2022 of Sagicor Finance (2015) Limited (Cayman Islands), noting increased government debt, reduced financing options, minimal fiscal reforms and limited monetary policy options available in Barbados. The outlook assigned to all of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings had been placed under review with negative implications in late-March 2017 following the downgrade of Barbados’ long-term sovereign ratings. The ratings were removed from under review after A.M. Best conducted reviews with SFC management, evaluated year-end financial information for SFC and its rated subsidiaries and further assessed the potential impact of the evolving situation in Barbados on the operating performance, business profiles and risk-based capital metrics of SFC and its Barbados-based subsidiaries.
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