A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. and Its Senior Unsecured Notes

  A.M. Best Assigns Ratings to Fidelity & Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. and Its
  Senior Unsecured Notes

Business Wire

OLDWICK, N.J. -- March 26, 2013

A.M. Best Co. has assigned an issuer credit rating of “bb+” to Fidelity &
Guaranty Life Holdings, Inc. (FGLH) (Delaware) and a debt rating of “bb+” to
the recently announced $300 million 6.375% senior unsecured notes due 2021 to
be issued by FGLH. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable.

FGLH and its subsidiaries, which include Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance
Company and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York, were
acquired in 2011 by Harbinger Group Inc (HGI) [NYSE: HRG], a diversified
holding company that is majority owned by funds associated with Harbinger
Capital Partners LLC (Harbinger). The existing ratings of FGLH’s life
insurance subsidiaries are unaffected.

Proceeds of the debt issuance will be used to provide capital for growth and
to fund a dividend to HGI. A.M. Best notes that FGLH’s adjusted financial
leverage is expected to remain below the 30% range, which is within A.M.
Best’s guidelines to support the assigned ratings. Additionally, FGLH’s
interest coverage is expected to remain within A.M. Best’s expectations for
its assigned rating level. Furthermore, A.M. Best notes that HGI’s business
model employs significant financial leverage to meet its business objectives
and relies on dividend payments from FGLH to help cover its debt service.

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. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at
www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

A.M. Best Company is the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance
rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Contact:

A.M. Best Co.
Robert Adams, 908-439-2200, ext. 5225
Senior Financial Analyst
robert.adams@ambest.com
or
Thomas Rosendale, 908-439-2200, ext. 5201
Assistant Vice President
thomas.rosendale@ambest.com
or
Rachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378
Senior Manager, Public Relations
rachelle.morrow@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com
 
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