AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Manulife Financial Corporation’s New Subordinated Notes

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “bbb+” (Good) to the CAD 1.2 billion, 4.10% subordinated notes (Limited Recourse Capital Notes Series 2), due March 19, 2082, recently announced by Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC) (Toronto, Canada) [NYSE: MFC]. The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable.

The capital notes are being issued simultaneously with CAD 1.2 billion non-cumulative fixed rate Class 1 shares, Series 28 (Series 28 shares), which will be held by Computershare Trust Company of Canada, as trustee of Manulife LRCN Limited Recourse Trust. In the event that MFC does not pay interest on or principal of the notes when due, the recourse to each noteholder will be limited to their proportionate share of the Series 28 shares, except in limited circumstances. Interest on the notes at 4.10% will become due and will be paid in equal semiannual installments in arrears on March 19 and Sept. 19 of each year, with the first payment on March 19, 2022. Starting on March 19, 2027, and on every fifth anniversary thereafter until March 19, 2077, the interest rate on the notes will be reset.

The notes will be treated as Tier 1 capital. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including investment in subsidiaries and potential future redemptions of existing securities. AM Best expects that with the issuance of the Limited Recourse capital notes, MFC’s financial leverage and interest coverage ratios will continue to remain within AM Best’s guidelines for its current rating.

Additionally, despite an anticipated loss in earnings stemming from MFC’s recent U.S. variable annuity reinsurance agreement with Venerable Holdings Inc., AM Best expects the company’s interest coverage ratio to remain within AM Best’s guidelines for its current rating.

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Shauna Nelson
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5365
shauna.nelson@ambest.com

Michael Adams
Associate Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5133
michael.adams@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