AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of MetLife, Inc. and Its Life/Health Subsidiaries
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of "aa-" (Superior) of the members of Metropolitan Life Insurance Group (collectively referred to as MetLife or the group). Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of "a-" (Excellent) and the Long- and Short-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR; Short-Term IR) of MetLife, Inc. (headquartered in New York, NY) [NYSE: MET]. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. (See below for a detailed listing of companies and Long- and Short-Term IRs.)
The ratings reflect MetLife's balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, very favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
MetLife's strong balance sheet strength assessment is supported by its consolidated holding company view of capital adequacy that is enhanced by the financial flexibility and the liquidity of its ultimate parent (MetLife, Inc.), which historically has maintained steady levels of excess liquidity. Additionally, there has been a long-term trend toward reduced liability risk on MetLife's balance sheet, related to equity and interest rate risk as MetLife's product portfolio changes over time. MetLife's financial leverage and interest coverage is at appropriate levels for the ratings. There are some risks with mortgage concentrations and AM Best will continue to monitor the group's exposure in this regard.
The group has a history of generating revenue growth and consistently positive operating metrics on a statutory and GAAP basis. Earnings are well-diversified by geography, business line and distribution channel. Earnings volatility is lower within its group benefits segment. AM Best views the group's operating performance as strong, with its focus on enhancing its product offerings, concentration on higher margin product lines with steadier returns and lower expenses. AM Best views the group's ERM as appropriate, as it continues to focus on improving its overall program, capital modeling and stress testing.
The ratings also reflect the organization's strong and defensible market positions in many of its core lines of business and the diversity in its product offerings and geographic markets in the United States, Asia and Latin America, as well as the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
The FSR of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term ICRs of "aa-" (Superior) have been affirmed with stable outlooks for the following subsidiaries of MetLife, Inc.:
The following Short-Term IRs have been affirmed:
MetLife Funding, Inc.-
The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed with a stable outlook:
MetLife Capital Trust IV-
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company-
Metropolitan Life Global Funding I- "aa-" (Superior) program rating
The following indicative Long-Term IRs have been affirmed stable outlooks:
MetLife, Inc. -
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