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Assurant Issues Debt; Gets Rating - Analyst Blog

Posted: 3/26/2013 2:25:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: AGO;AIZ;BAC;JPM

Assurant Inc. 's ( AIZ ) recently announced $750 million unsecured senior subordinated notes have been conferred a debt rating of "bbb" by A.M. Best Co.

These notes will be issued in three parts - $250 million 2.96% senior unsecured notes due March 2018, the $250 million 4.26% senior unsecured notes due March 2023 and the $250 million 5.83% senior unsecured notes due March 2043

Assurant has also announced the pricing of a public offering of $350 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.50% senior notes due 2018 and $350 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.00% senior notes due 2023.

The funds gathered from the notes issue will be used primarily for general corporate purposes which includes redemption of $500 million of 5.63% senior notes due February 2014. 

The issue will be managed by BofA Merrill Lynch a unit of Bank of America Corp. ( BAC ) and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM ) who will be acting as joint book-running managers. 

All the ratings carry a stable outlook. A stable outlook reflects that Assurant, is experiencing stable financial and market trends, and that therefore a rating change in the near term is unlikely.

The financial position of Assurant remains strong with $4.4 billion of equity capital as of Dec 31, 2012, which remained unchanged on a sequential basis. The company maintains a low leverage ratio of 18.3%, almost unchanged from 18.4% as of Dec 31, 2011.

Assurant currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other insurers such as Assured Guaranty Ltd. ( AGO ) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) is worth considering. 

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