A.M. Best Co. has assigned an issuer credit rating of “bb+” to Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. (FGLH) (Delaware) and a debt rating of “bb+” to the recently announced $300 million 6.375% senior unsecured notes due 2021 to be issued by FGLH. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.
FGLH and its subsidiaries, which include Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York, were acquired in 2011 by Harbinger Group Inc (HGI) [NYSE: HRG], a diversified holding company that is majority owned by funds associated with Harbinger Capital Partners LLC (Harbinger). The existing ratings of FGLH’s life insurance subsidiaries are unaffected.
Proceeds of the debt issuance will be used to provide capital for growth and to fund a dividend to HGI. A.M. Best notes that FGLH’s adjusted financial leverage is expected to remain below the 30% range, which is within A.M. Best’s guidelines to support the assigned ratings. Additionally, FGLH’s interest coverage is expected to remain within A.M. Best’s expectations for its assigned rating level. Furthermore, A.M. Best notes that HGI’s business model employs significant financial leverage to meet its business objectives and relies on dividend payments from FGLH to help cover its debt service.
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