A.M. Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Farmers New World Life Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has commented that the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a+” of Farmers New World Life Insurance Company (FNWL) (Mercer Island, WA), a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (Zurich), will remain unchanged following its recent announcement that it has executed a reinsurance transaction for its closed annuity liabilities with Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The transaction primarily has been structured as a coinsurance transaction of its closed annuity blocks, representing covered liabilities of approximately $2.3 billion. While the transaction is sizeable, A.M. Best does not expect it to result in a significant change to FNWL’s operating profile, business profile or risk-adjusted capitalization level; however, the transaction likely will reduce overall required capital at FNWL. The transaction is being executed as part of Zurich’s overall strategy to reduce interest rate tail risk, deploy capital effectively and improve operating profitability at the consolidated level.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Frank Walko
Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5072
frank.walko@ambest.com
or
Rosemarie Mirabella
Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5892

rosemarie.mirabella@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy
Director Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com