A.M. Best Co. has assigned a debt rating of “bbb+” to the 40-year $500 million 5.10% fixed-to-floating subordinated debentures recently issued by The Allstate Corporation (Allcorp) (Northbrook, IL) [NYSE: ALL]. The assigned outlook is stable. All existing ratings of Allcorp and its subsidiaries are unchanged.
The assigned rating recognizes Allstate Insurance Group’s (Allstate) solid risk-adjusted capitalization, generally favorable operating performance and significant market presence. The rating also is indicative of A.M. Best’s view of the group’s near-term earnings prospects when considering its strong overall business profile as the second-largest personal lines writer in the United States. As of third quarter 2012, Allcorp’s debt-to-capital and debt-to-tangible capital ratios were 25.4% and 26.7%, respectively, and the company continues to maintain a fixed interest coverage ratio that is supportive of its ratings.
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