AM Best Revises Outlooks to Negative for Members of Everlake Life Group

BY Business Wire | CORPORATE | 03/15/23 04:24 PM EDT

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AM Best has revised the outlooks to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of ?aa-? (Superior) of Everlake Life Insurance Company and Everlake Assurance Company, collectively known as Everlake Life Group (Everlake Life). Both companies are domiciled in Northbrook, IL.

The Credit Ratings (ratings) reflect Everlake Life?s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The revised outlooks reflect the challenges Everlake Life faces as a newer entrant into the increasingly competitive life and annuity consolidation market. As such, it may take some time for the group to establish itself as a leading carrier and increase the overall diversity of its reserve base by executing on its established pipeline of market opportunities. Partially offsetting these factors are Everlake Life?s experienced management team and the investment expertise and market insight provided through its strategic relationship and asset management arrangement with Blackstone Inc. Additionally, AM Best notes that Everlake Life recently entered into a participation agreement with Resolution Life Group Holdings Ltd., which provides Everlake Life with an opportunity to participate, on a quota share basis, in certain U.S. life and annuity block and reinsurance transactions.

Everlake Life continues to report the strongest risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best?s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR). Additionally, the balance sheet is further strengthened by the company?s diversified investment allocation and the liquidity and financial flexibility, which is demonstrated throughout the organization. The group?s operating results are in line with AM Best?s expectations, reflecting the profitability of its in-force business. Everlake Life continues to demonstrate sound and proactive risk management and oversight throughout the organization.

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