AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of "a-" to the $850 million 3.35% 10-year senior unsecured notes issued by Sammons Financial Group, Inc. (SFG, Inc.) (Delaware), an intermediate holding company indirectly owned by Sammons Enterprises, Inc. (SEI). The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating (rating) is stable. All other ratings of SEI and its subsidiaries are unchanged.
The proceeds from this debt issuance are expected to be used for general corporate purposes, including financing business growth at SFG, Inc.’s two insurance operating subsidiaries—Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance. AM Best notes that SFG’s financial leverage will increase to approximately 17%, which is well within AM Best’s guidelines for its current rating. AM Best views SFG Inc.’s debt-servicing capabilities favorably, with sufficient liquidity to service its debt, a well-laddered debt maturity structure and strong interest coverage.
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