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AM Best Assigns Indicative Issue Credit Ratings to Lincoln National Corporation's Subordinated Notes
[July 21, 2021]

AM Best Assigns Indicative Issue Credit Ratings to Lincoln National Corporation's Subordinated Notes

AM Best has assigned indicative Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of "bbb+" (Good) to the subordinated notes of Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) (headquartered in Radnor, PA) [NYSE: LNC]. The outlook assigned to these Credit Ratings (rating) is stable.

LNC will offer a par-for-par exchange of its LIBOR plus 236 basis points, due 2066, and LIBOR plus 204 basis points, due 2067, capital securities to give existing holders the opportunity to exchange their capital securities for higher-ranking securities issued by the company. The subordinated notes will rank senior to the capital securities following their issuance, and accordingly, the capital securities will be subordinated and junior to the subordinated notes in right of payment. Additionally, the subordinated notes will contain benchmark provisions that will allow the company to determine the interest rate payable on the notes based on a new reference rate. This change is in anticipation of the potential discontinuation of LIBOR in 2023.

LNC's financial leverage and interest coverage ratios remain within AM Best's guidelines for its current ratings. All other ratings of LNC and its insurance subsidiaries remain unchanged.

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