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  • AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of MetLife, Inc. and Its Life/Health Subsidiaries

    December 20, 2021 by AM Best

    OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” (Superior) of the members of Metropolitan Life Insurance Group. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “a-” (Excellent) and the Long- and Short-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR; Short-Term IR) of MetLife, Inc. (MetLife) (headquartered in New York, NY) [NYSE: MET]. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of companies and Long- and Short-Term IRs.)

    The ratings reflect Metropolitan Life Insurance Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Group’s strong balance sheet assessment is supported by its consolidated view of capital adequacy, which is enhanced by the liquidity and financial flexibility of its ultimate parent, which historically has maintained significant levels of excess liquidity. Additionally, the ratings recognize the continued trend toward reduction of liability risk on the group’s balance sheet, related to equity and interest rate risk as MetLife’s product portfolio declines over time. Financial leverage is and interest coverage remain at appropriate levels for the ratings.

    The group continues to generate profitable revenue growth and consistently positive operating metrics on a statutory and GAAP basis. Earnings are diversified by geography, business line and distribution channel. Earnings volatility is lower within its group benefits segment. AM Best views Metropolitan Life Insurance Group’s operating performance as strong, with the group focused on higher margin product lines with lower volatility of returns, expense efficiencies and a consistent trend of double-digit GAAP returns on equity. ERM is viewed as appropriate, as the group has continued to focus on improving its overall program and capital modeling.

    The ratings also reflect the organization’s strong, defensible market positions in its core lines of business and the diversity of its products and geographic markets in the United States, Asia and Latin America, as well as the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

    The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of “aa-” (Superior) have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following subsidiaries of MetLife, Inc., collectively referred to as Metropolitan Life Group:

    • Delaware American Life Insurance Company
    • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
    • Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company
    • SafeGuard Helath Plans, Inc. (TX)
    • SafeGuard Health Plans, Inc. (FL)
    • SafeGuard Health Plans, Inc. (CA)
    • MetLife Global Benefits, Ltd.

    The following Short-Term IRs have been affirmed:

    MetLife Funding, Inc.—
    — AMB-1+ (Strongest) on commercial paper

    MetLife, Inc.—
    — AMB-1 (Outstanding) on commercial paper

    The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with a stable outlook:

    MetLife, Inc.—
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 500 million 3.048% senior unsecured debentures, due 2022
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 4.368% senior unsecured debentures, due 2023
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 3.60% senior unsecured notes, due 2024
    — “a-” (Excellent) on GBP 350 million 5.375% senior unsecured notes, due 2024
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 500 million 3.60% senior unsecured notes, due 2025
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 500 million 3.0% senior unsecured notes, due 2025
    — “a-” (Excellent) on JPY 25.2 billion 0.495% senior unsecured notes, due 2026
    — “a-” (Excellent) on JPY 64.9 billion 0.769% senior unsecured notes, due 2029
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 4.55% senior unsecured notes, due 2030
    — “a-” (Excellent) on JPY 10.7 billion 0.898% senior unsecured notes, due 2031
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 600 million 6.50% senior unsecured notes, due 2032
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 750 million 6.375% senior unsecured notes, due 2034
    — “a-” (Excellent) on JPY 26.5 billion 1.189% senior unsecured notes, due 2034
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 5.70% senior unsecured notes, due 2035
    — “a-” (Excellent) on JPY 24.4 billion 1.385% senior unsecured notes, due 2039
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 750 million 5.875% senior unsecured notes, due 2041
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 750 million 4.125% senior unsecured notes, due 2042
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 4.875% senior unsecured notes, due 2043
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 500 million 4.721% senior unsecured debentures, due 2044
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 1.0 billion 4.05% senior unsecured notes, due 2045
    — “a-” (Excellent) on USD 750 million 4.6% senior unsecured notes, due 2046
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 1.25 billion 6.40% junior subordinated debentures, due 2066
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 500 million 10.75% junior subordinated debentures, due 2069
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 600 million floating rate non-cumulative preferred stock, Series A
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 1.5 billion 5.25% fixed to floating rate non-cumulative preferred stock, Series C
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 500 million 5.875% non-cumulative preferred stock, Series D
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 805 million 5.625% non-cumulative preferred stock, Series E
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 1.0 billion 4.75% non-cumulative preferred stock, Series F
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 1.0 billion 3.85% non-cumulative preferred stock, Series G

    MetLife Capital Trust IV—
    — “bbb” (Good) on USD 700 million 7.875% exchangeable surplus trust securities (junior subordinated), due 2067

    Metropolitan Life Insurance Company—
    — “a” (Excellent) on USD 250 million 7.80% surplus notes, due 2025
    — “a” (Excellent) on USD 150 million 7.875% surplus notes, due 2024 (originally issued by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company)

    Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company—
    — “a” (Excellent) on USD 107 million 7.625% surplus notes, due 2024 (originally issued by General American Life Insurance Company)

    Metropolitan Life Global Funding I—“aa-” (Superior) program rating
    — “aa-” (Superior) on all outstanding notes issued under the program

    The following indicative Long-Term IRs have been affirmed, each with a stable outlook:

    MetLife, Inc. —
    — “a-” (Excellent) on senior unsecured debt
    — “bbb+” (Good) on subordinated debt
    — “bbb” (Good) on preferred stock

    This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to Best’s Credit Ratings. For information on the proper use of Best’s Credit Ratings, Best’s Preliminary Credit Assessments and AM Best press releases, please view Guide to Proper Use of Best’s Ratings & Assessments.

    AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

    Copyright © 2021 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    Contacts

    Louis Silvers
    Senior Financial Analyst
    +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5802
    louis.silvers@ambest.com

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

    Jacqalene Lentz
    Director
    +1 908 439 2200, ext. 5762
    jacqalene.lentz@ambest.com

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

    Originally Posted at BusinessWire on December 17, 2021 by AM Best.

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