AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Ascot Group Limited’s Senior Unsecured Notes

LONDON--()--AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bbb” to the USD 400 million, 4.25% fixed rate senior unsecured notes due 2030, issued by Ascot Group Limited (AGL) (Bermuda) on 15 December 2020. The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating (rating) is positive.

AGL intends to downstream the proceeds to its U.S. insurance operating subsidiaries – Ascot Insurance Company and Ascot Specialty Insurance Company. The proceeds will provide additional capital and support the growth of these operations, allowing them to benefit from favourable insurance market conditions.

The rating of the senior notes is three notches below the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of Ascot Bermuda Limited, Ascot Insurance Company and Ascot Specialty Insurance Company, reflecting the fact that the notes are issued by their non-operating holding company, AGL. The notes represent senior unsecured obligations of the issuer and will rank equally in right of payment with any future unsecured, unsubordinated indebtedness and senior in right of payment to any future unsecured subordinated indebtedness, and are contractually subordinated in right of payment to all obligations of AGL’s subsidiaries, including existing and future policyholder obligations of insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries.

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Financial Analyst
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Tim Prince
Director, Analytics
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
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james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

Stanislav Stoev, ACCA
Financial Analyst
+44 20 7397 6264
stanislav.stoev@ambest.com

Tim Prince
Director, Analytics
+44 20 7397 0320
timothy.prince@ambest.com

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

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