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A.M. Best has assigned a debt rating of “bbb+” to the EUR 1 billion senior dated subordinated notes due 2026 to be issued by Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali) (Italy). The outlook assigned to the rating is negative, which is in line with the outlook on the group’s issuer credit rating.
The notes will be issued by Generali under the EUR 10 billion Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme that was renewed earlier this month.
The senior dated subordinated notes will pay a fixed annual coupon of 4.125% and will be used to restore the regulatory capital that was previously provided by the EUR 500 million subordinated loan from Mediobanca S.p.A. (that was reimbursed on 7 April 2014), and to refinance the EUR
500 million senior notes maturing in May 2015.
Although the debt leverage ratio has increased temporarily following the issue of EUR 1.25 billion senior unsecured notes in January this year, it is expected to return to a more moderate level later in the year, as Generali redeems senior notes maturing in May and November 2014. A.M.
Best will continue to monitor Generali’s interest coverage and leverage ratios, although the present levels do not represent a concern at the current rating level.
The senior dated subordinated notes are notched down from Generali’s issuer credit rating (ICR). Downward or upward rating actions will likely move in line with Generali’s ICR.
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