Fitch Rates Intact's Series 4 Preferred Shares 'BBB'

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings has assigned a 'BBB' rating to Intact Financial Corporation's (Toronto: IFC) (Intact) Series 4 non-cumulative preferred shares.

Fitch took no rating action on Intact's other ratings. A full list of ratings follows at the end of this release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Intact's recently announced that 1.6 million of its 10 million non-cumulative Rate Reset Class A Share Series 3 (Series 3 Preferred Shares) were tendered for conversion on Sept. 30, 2016. At that time, each share will be converted on a one-for-one basis into non-cumulative floating rate Class A Shares Series 4 (Series 4 Preferred Shares) of IFC.

Subject to certain conditions described in IFC's prospectus supplement dated Aug. 11, 2011, IFC may redeem the Series 3 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, on Sept. 30, 2021 and on Sept. 30 every five years thereafter and may redeem the Series 4 Preferred Shares, in whole or in part, after Sept. 30, 2016.

This transaction will not have any impact on financial leverage and a minimal impact on fixed charge coverage given the lower rate of the Series 3 Preferred Shares.

For further rationale on Intact's ratings see press release dated Aug. 31, 2016.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Key rating triggers that could lead to a downgrade include:

--A MCT below 170%;

--Sustained adverse reserve development of more than 3% of prior year shareholder's equity;

--A material acquisition outside of the Canadian insurance market;

--Sustained GAAP fixed charge coverage ratio below 7.0x or financial leverage above 25%.

Key rating triggers that could lead to an upgrade include:

--Improvement in capital adequacy and leverage measures consistent with 'AA' sector credit factors;

--Consistent and sustained financial performance with return on equity in the low to mid-teens;

--Sustained favorable reserve trends;

--Sustained financial leverage below 20%.

FULL LIST OF RATING ACTIONS

Fitch has assigned the following rating:

Intact Financial Corporation

--CAD 40 million 3.172% non-cumulative class A series 4 preferred stock 'BBB'.

Fitch currently rates Intact and its insurance subsidiaries as follows:

Intact Financial Corporation

--IDR 'A';

--CAD 250 million unsecured senior debt 5.41% due Sept. 3, 2019 'A-';

--CAD 300 million unsecured senior debt 4.70% due Aug. 18, 2021 'A-';

--CAD250 million unsecured senior debt 3.77% due March 2, 2026 'A-';

--CAD 250 million unsecured senior debt 6.40% due Nov. 23, 2039 'A-';

--CAD 250 million unsecured senior debt 5.16% due June 16, 2042 'A-';

--CAD 100 million unsecured senior debt 6.20% due July 8, 2061 'A-';

--CAD 250 million 4.2% non-cumulative class A series 1 preferred stock 'BBB';

--CAD 210 million 4.2% non-cumulative class A series 3 preferred stock 'BBB'.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

Intact Assurances Agricoles Inc.

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Nordic Insurance Company of Canada

Novex Insurance Company

Trafalgar Insurance Company of Canada

--Insurer Financial Strength 'AA-', Outlook Stable.

Date of Relevant Rating Committee: Aug. 30, 2016

Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com

Applicable Criteria

Insurance Rating Methodology - Effective May 17, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016 (pub. 17 May 2016)

https://www.fitchratings.com/site/re/881564

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Gerald B. Glombicki, CPA
Director
+1-312-606-2354
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
James B. Auden, CFA
Managing Director
+1-312-368-3146
or
Committee Chairperson
Donald F. Thorpe, CFA, CPA
Senior Director
+1-312-606-2353
or
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com