AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Athene Holding Ltd.’s New Preferred Stock

By Business Wire,  June 13, 2019, 11:18:00 AM EDT

AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Athene Holding Ltd.'s New Preferred Stock

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of "bb+" to the $750 million, 6.35%, perpetual, non-cumulative preferred stock, Series A, recently issued by Athene Holding Ltd. (Athene) (Bermuda) [NYSE:ATH]. The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is positive.

Athene intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for various purposes, which include supporting capital growth at its insurance subsidiaries as well as additional buybacks of its common stock. AM Best notes that financial leverage and interest cover metrics will experience modest deterioration, but remain well within guidelines.

The outlooks of Athene's Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "bbb", its existing Long-Term IRs and the ratings of its operating insurance subsidiaries were revised to positive from stable on May 15, 2019, and remain unchanged following the issuance of the preferred shares.

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 Understanding Best's Credit Ratings. For information on the proper media use of Best's Credit Ratings and AM Best press releases, please view Guide for Media - Proper Use of Best's Credit Ratings and AM Best Rating Action Press Releases.

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