AM Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Members of ReliaStar Life Insurance Group Following Announcement of Sale of Voya Financial, Inc.’s Life Business
December 23, 2019 by A.M. Best
OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has commented that the Credit Ratings (ratings) of ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York (Woodbury, NY) and ReliaStar Life Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN), collectively known as ReliaStar Life Insurance Group (ReliaStar), remain unchanged following the Dec. 18, 2019, announcement of the sale by its parent, Voya Financial, Inc. (Voya), of the individual life and other legacy non-retirement annuities business, including remaining fixed and variable annuities pension risk transfer liabilities.
Security Life of Denver Insurance Company, Security Life of Denver International Limited, Midwestern United Life Insurance Company, Roaring River II, Inc., Roaring River IV LLC and Voya America Equities will be sold by Voya and acquired by a new holding company, Resolution Life US (created by Resolution Life Group Holdings LP to hold these blocks of business). Prior to the deal’s close, Voya will reinsure the life insurance, pension risk transfer and non-retirement annuities business issued by ReliaStar and the Voya Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company to Security Life of Denver Insurance Company. Voya will retain ownership of these entities and take a $225 million interest in Resolution Life Group Holdings LP.
AM Best expects the sale to increase ReliaStar’s risk-adjusted capital and rates of return while increasing product concentration.
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