AM Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company Due to Merger
July 22, 2020 by A.M. Best
OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has removed from under review with negative implications and downgraded the Financial Strength Rating to B+ (Good) from A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating to “bbb-“ from “a-” of Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company (FLIAC) (New York, NY). The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is negative. Concurrently, AM Best has withdrawn the ratings following its merger into Nassau Life Insurance Company.
The ratings reflect FLIAC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as adequate, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.
On July 1, 2020, Nassau Financial Group, L.P. (Nassau) announced that it had completed the acquisition of FLIAC from The Independent Order of Foresters. Although FLIAC is fundamentally sound in terms of risk-adjusted capitalization and operating earnings, the rating downgrades reflect drag from Nassau’s insurance operating entities. AM Best expects the earnings impact of the acquisition for Nassau to be modest in the near term, although accretive in the longer term assuming satisfactory execution of strategic plans. Subsequent to the acquisition, the entity was merged into Nassau Life Insurance Company on July 8, 2020, and as a result, the ratings have been withdrawn.
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