A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to The Allstate Corporation’s Newly Issued Subordinated Debentures

  A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to The Allstate Corporation’s Newly Issued
  Subordinated Debentures

Business Wire

OLDWICK, N.J. -- January 4, 2013

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.

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 utilized include: “Understanding BCAR for
Property/Casualty Insurers”; “Insurance Holding Company and Debt Ratings”;
“Catastrophe Analysis in A.M. Best Ratings”; “Rating Members of Insurance
Groups”; “Equity Credit for Hybrid Securities”; and “Risk Management and the
Rating Process for Insurance Companies.” Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can
be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

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