A.M. Best Assigns Indicative Issue Credit Ratings To Anthem, Inc.'s New Shelf Registration

A.M. Best has assigned indicative Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings of "bbb+" to senior unsecured notes, "bbb" to subordinated notes, and "bbb-" to preferred stock, to the recently filed universal shelf registration of Anthem, Inc. (Anthem) (Indianapolis, IN) [NYSE:ANTM]. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Consequently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the ratings on the previous shelf registration. The existing ratings of Anthem and its subsidiaries are unchanged.

Following its most recent debt issuance in mid-November, A.M. Best estimates that there will be an initial temporary elevation in Anthem's financial leverage to less than 45% and then it is expected that the company will moderate its leverage. Anthem's financial leverage was approximately 38% before the November issuance. Anthem's capitalization and operating results continue to be strong and holding company liquidity is very good.

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