OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has assigned Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings of “bbb-” to the recently marketed $600 million 3.95% senior unsecured notes due 2027 and the $400 million 4.8% senior unsecured notes due 2047 of Humana Inc. (Humana) (headquartered in Louisville, KY) [NYSE:HUM]. The outlooks assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) are stable. All existing ratings for Humana and its subsidiaries are unchanged.
A.M. Best expects Humana to utilize the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, and the unused funds will be invested in short-term interest bearing obligations. While the company’s pro-forma financial leverage is expected to increase marginally to approximately 31% from 27% at year-end 2016, it is still below that of several of its peers. A.M. Best expects Humana’s debt-to-capital ratio to be managed to a range of 30 to 35% by year-end 2017. The company’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) interest coverage is expected to remain at approximately eight times, including the new debt issuance. Humana’s financial leverage and EBIT interest coverage are within A.M. Best’s guidelines for its current ratings.
The ratings also are indicative of Humana’s strong business profile, favorable operating gains primarily driven by its robust Medicare product profitability and its ability to generate excellent cash flows from its regulated subsidiaries. Offsetting the favorable attributes are the operating losses from its individual commercial business at the health plan subsidiaries, high utilization of its closed block of long-term care business and a necessary reserve strengthening at year-end 2016, and Humana’s high concentration of government sponsored business premium.
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