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AM Best confirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the long-term issuer credit rating (Long-term ICR) of “aa-” (Superior) of Industrial Alliance Insurance and Services financial inc. (IA) (Quebec ). At the same time, AM Best affirmed IA’s long-term issue credit ratings (long-term IR). In addition, AM Best confirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the long-term KPIs of “a” (Excellent) of IA’s US life insurance entities within the IA American Life group. (See below for a detailed list of companies.) AM Best has also confirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the long-term ICR of “a+” (Excellent) from Industrial Alliance Pacific General Insurance Corporation (IAPG ) (headquarters in Vancouver, Canada). In addition, AM Best confirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the long-term ICR of “a” (Excellent) from Dealers Assurance Company (DAC) (Columbus, OH). The outlook for these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
IA’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as very strong, as well as its strong operational performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
AI operations in Canada continue to have a favorable capital position with fairly stable risk-adjusted capitalization, supported by retained earnings and repositioning of long-term investments to reduce risk, but partially offset by dividends . The company’s financial leverage remains within tolerance. Resilient fundamental trends support IA’s strong operating performance, which is driven by favorable profitability and premium growth in Individual Insurance, Individual Wealth Management and Group Savings Insurance. The ratings also recognize IA’s diverse business profile and its continued growth organically and through acquisitions. IA’s ERM practices reflect a developed risk framework and formalized risk appetite, as well as an emphasis on strong risk governance across the organization.
IA American Life Group’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as very strong, as well as its marginal operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM.
The ratings also acknowledge the continued support it has received from IA through capital contributions and synergies from head office management of its actuarial reserves and investment portfolio. AM Best views IA American Life Group’s focus on individual life insurance in the United States favorably, with support from its parent company which included another $40 million contribution in 2021, following a similar contribution in 2020.
DAC’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as strong, as well as its strong operational performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM.
IAPG’s ratings reflect the strength of its balance sheet, which AM Best rates as very strong, as well as adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate ERM. The ratings of DAC and IAPG reflect the improvement of IAF, which recognizes their contribution to the overall strategy of the group.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the long-term KPIs of “a” (Excellent) have been confirmed with a stable outlook for the following entities of the IA American Life group:
IA American Life Insurance Company
American-Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas
Pioneer Security Life Insurance Company
Pioneer American insurance company
Occidental Life Insurance Company of North Carolina
The following long-term IRs have been confirmed with a stable outlook:
Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.—
— “a” (Excellent) on C$400 million 3.30% subordinated debentures due 2028
— “a-” (Excellent) on CAD 125 million 4.60% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Shares, Series B
— “a-” (Excellent) on CAD 250 million 4.30% Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Shares, Series G
— “a-” (Excellent) on CAD 150 million 4.80% Non-Cumulative Preferred Shares, Series I due 2023
The following indicative long-term IRs on securities available under pre-registration have been confirmed with a stable outlook:
Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.-
— “a+” (Excellent) on senior unsecured debt
— “a” (Excellent) on subordinated debt
— “a-” (Excellent) on preferred shares
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