AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” (Excellent) of Symetra Life Insurance Company and its subsidiary, First Symetra National Life Insurance Company of New York (New York, NY), together referred to as Symetra Life Group. Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” (Good) and the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bbb+” (Good) on $250 million 4.25% senior unsecured notes, due 2024 of Symetra Financial Corporation (Symetra). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. All companies are headquartered in Bellevue, WA, unless otherwise specified.
The ratings reflect Symetra Life Group’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
AM Best views Symetra Life Group’s balance sheet as very strong, as measured by quantitative (Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio [BCAR]), and qualitative measures with financial support afforded by the ultimate parent, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, which supports the group’s strategic initiatives. Through capital injections to the life group holding company, the parent has enabled the group to execute on key new product development projects and enhanced distribution efforts. Profitability has returned to the group, which is expected to help contribute organically to future business growth efforts. AM Best views the group’s ERM as being matched to the scope of its operation, while adjusting through changing and challenging market conditions. Continued organic capital growth through profitable operations has been factored into the current ratings, which is expected to continue.
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