A.M. Best Places Credit Ratings of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation and Its Insurance Subsidiaries Under Review With Negative Implications
Business Wire 15-Feb-2018 1:11 PM
OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Besthas placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of bbb of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation(Infinity) (NASDAQ:IPCC), the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of a of its operating subsidiaries, collectively referred to as the Infinity Property & Casualty Group. A.M. Best also has placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of Infinity. (See below for a detailed listing of the companies and Credit Ratings (ratings).
The rating actions follow the Feb. 13, 2018, announcement by Infinity that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Kemper Corporation (Kemper) [NYSE: KMPR], in which Kemper will acquire Infinity and its insurance subsidiaries for approximately $1.4 billion, in a cash and stock transaction expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.
The ratings will remain under review until the transaction closes, and A.M. Best completes its evaluation of the transaction and its implications for Infinity. The negative implications are primarily due to the larger, lower rated Kemper, which will be the surviving entity.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of a have been placed under review with negative implications for the following members ofInfinity Property & Casualty Group:
Infinity Insurance Company
Infinity Assurance Insurance Company
Infinity Auto Insurance Company
Infinity Casualty Insurance Company
Infinity Indemnity Insurance Company
Infinity Preferred Insurance Company
Infinity Safeguard Insurance Company
Infinity Security Insurance Company
Infinity Select Insurance Company
Infinity Standard Insurance Company
Infinity County Mutual Insurance Company
The following Long-Term IR has been placed under review with negative implications:
Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation --bbb on $275 million 5% senior unsecured notes, due September 2022
The following indicative Long-Term IRs for securities available under shelf registration have been placed under review with negative implications:
Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation --bbb on senior unsecured debt--bbb-on subordinated debt--bb+ on junior subordinated debt--bb+ on preferred stock
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