OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has placed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a-” of the key life/health subsidiaries of Genworth Financial, Inc. (Genworth) (Richmond, VA) [NYSE:GNW] under review with developing implications. Additionally, the ICR of “bbb-” of Genworth and its existing debt ratings have been placed under review with developing implications.
The actions follow Genworth’s statements during its first quarter 2015 earnings conference call that it is assessing market interest and considering the merits of selling its life and annuity businesses. The under review status reflects the ambiguity surrounding the structure and components of a potential sale. Additionally, A.M. Best’s view of a divestiture of businesses that provide both stable earnings and diversification to the enterprise would likely be a credit negative. Moreover, if a transaction is consummated, the impact of proceeds would need to be considered.
A.M. Best anticipates that Genworth’s ratings will likely remain under review until the completion of the company’s strategic review is announced, or if a buyer for the life and/or annuity businesses is identified.
For a complete listing of Genworth Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries’ FSRs, ICRs and debt ratings, please visit Genworth Financial, Inc.
The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.
Key insurance criteria reports utilized:
- Insurance Holding Company and Debt Ratings
- Rating Members of Insurance Groups
- Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies
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