AM Best Comments on New York Life Insurance Company’s Agreement to Acquire Cigna Corporation’s Group Insurance Business

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of New York Life Insurance Company (New York Life) (New York, NY) and its subsidiaries are expected to remain unchanged following its announced acquisition of Cigna Corporation’s group life and disability insurance business.

The acquisition will include two legal entities, Life Insurance Company of North America, and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The acquisition fits nicely into New York Life’s existing foundational strategies. The very strong capital position of New York Life should be strengthened further over the long term by the diversification of Cigna’s non-medical group insurance entities. The transaction purchase price of USD $6.3 billion is to be paid in cash and funded by a combination of existing capital and surplus notes previously issued by New York Life. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approvals. The transaction also will establish New York Life in a top five position in the group life & disability insurance market and provide an additional source of diversified earnings.

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Contacts

Igor Bass
Financial Analyst

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5109
igor.bass@ambest.com

Ken Johnson, CFA, CAIA, FRM
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5056
ken.johnson@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com

Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com