A.M. Best Assigns Rating to Subordinated Notes Issued by Allianz SE

  A.M. Best Assigns Rating to Subordinated Notes Issued by Allianz SE

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LONDON -- December 13, 2012

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has assigned a debt rating of “a+”
to the undated USD 1 billion junior subordinated notes issued by Allianz SE
(Germany). The assigned outlook is stable.

The subordinated notes will pay a fixed annual coupon of 5.5%. The proceeds of
the issue are to be used by Allianz SE for general corporate purposes and to
replace the debt maturing in November 2012. Financial and debt leverage ratios
remain within A.M. Best’s tolerance levels for the ratings.

Concurrently, A.M. Best has withdrawn the debt rating of “aa-” on the EUR 900
million 5.625% senior unsecured notes issued by Allianz Finance II B.V. and
guaranteed by Allianz SE as the debt matured in November 2012.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating
Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating
process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating
process. Key criteria utilised include “Insurance Holding Company and Debt
Ratings”. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at

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