OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “a-” to the recently announced $350 million 4.50% 30-year senior unsecured notes of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG) (Cincinnati, OH) [NYSE: AFG]. The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable. AFG’s Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-”, its existing Long-Term IRs and the ratings of its operating insurance subsidiaries are unchanged.
The proceeds from this issuance will be used to redeem AFG’s $230 million aggregate outstanding principal amount of 6.375% senior notes due June 2042, which become redeemable at AFG’s option, beginning on June 12, 2017. The balance of the proceeds are expected to be used for general corporate purposes, including the redemption of all or a portion of AFG’s $125 million aggregate outstanding principal amount of 5.75% senior notes due August 2042, which AFG intends to redeem when these notes become redeemable at AFG’s option, beginning on Aug. 25, 2017. Assuming that the planned refinancing transactions are executed as currently contemplated, AFG’s financial leverage essentially will be unchanged compared with the levels reported at March 31, 2017. Interest coverage may improve modestly due to the lower coupon on the new debt. AFG’s leverage and coverage metrics remain within A.M. Best’s guidelines to support its current ratings.
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