AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “a-” (Excellent) to the recently issued CAD 400 million, 5.276% senior unsecured medium-term notes, due 2054, issued by Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating (rating) is stable. The Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “aa-” (Superior) of IFC’s operating subsidiaries and all other ratings of its outstanding issuances remain unchanged.
IFC intends to use the proceeds from the issuance to subscribe for shares of one or more the company's subsidiaries and ultimately be used for the purpose of partially funding the acquisition of Direct Line Insurance Group plc’s brokered commercial lines operations. The purchase price includes an initial cash consideration of GBP 520 million (CAD 884 million), with potential for up to a further GBP 30 million (CAD 51 million) contingent payment under earnout provisions relating to the financial performance of the acquired business lines. The transaction will result in the transfer of renewal rights, brands, employees, and systems to RSA Insurance Group Limited.
IFC intends to use available cash resources, undertake further financings or draw on term loans to fulfill any shortfall if the proceeds from IFC’s debt offering are less than the initial purchase price of the acquisition.
Additionally, excess net proceeds are intended to be used for general corporate purposes. AM Best notes that leverage has increased slightly, but still remains within acceptable guidelines on an adjusted basis with strong interest coverage.
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