OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best has placed under review with developing implications the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a-” of Sagicor Life Inc. (St. Michael, Barbados), Sagicor General Insurance, Inc. (Bridgetown, Barbados) and Sagicor Life Insurance Company (Austin, TX). Concurrently, A.M. Best has placed under review with developing implications the FSR of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (Kingston, Jamaica). These companies are subsidiaries of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (SFC) (Bermuda). Additionally, A.M. Best has placed under review with developing implications the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb-” of SFC and the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bbb” on the USD 320 million, 8.875% senior unsecured bonds that mature in 2022 of Sagicor Finance (2015) Limited (Cayman Islands).
These Credit Rating (rating) actions come following the announcement that Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation plans to acquire SFC in 2019, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals. Upon completion of the transaction, a new company will be formed that will retain the Sagicor name and branding. Plans also were announced for this new company to acquire Scotiabank’s life insurance operations in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The acquisition of Scotiabank’s life insurance operations, which are expected to close in late 2019 and early 2020, are not expected to have an impact on A.M Best’s assessment of SFC or its subsidiaries.
These ratings have been placed under review with developing implications due to uncertainty surrounding the final ownership and management structure, and the strategic focus and risk appetite of the new company. A.M. Best will continue to monitor any interim developments, including changes in the risk-adjusted capitalization of the new company, and take any appropriate rating action if necessary.
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