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A.M. Best Comments on Protective Life Corporation’s Planned Acquisition of MONY Life Insurance Company

  A.M. Best Comments on Protective Life Corporation’s Planned Acquisition of
  MONY Life Insurance Company

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OLDWICK, N.J. -- April 11, 2013

A.M. Best Co. has commented that the ratings of Protective Life Corporation
(Protective)  (NYSE: PL) and its primary life subsidiary, Protective Life
Insurance Company (PLIC) (both headquartered in Birmingham, AL), are unchanged
following Protective’s recent announcement that it has reached a definitive
agreement with certain subsidiaries of AXA S.A. (AXA) to acquire MONY Life
Insurance Company (MONY)  (New York, NY) and to coinsure a significant block
of business of MONY’s subsidiary, MONY Life Insurance Company of America
(MLOA) (Phoenix, AZ).

The proposed all-cash deal represents an aggregate purchase price of
approximately $1.0 billion and includes the stock purchase of MONY and the
coinsurance of part of the book of business of MLOA. MLOA will continue to
operate as a subsidiary of AXA. Protective will utilize only a modest amount
of debt to fund the purchase, maintaining its financial leverage in the 30%
range (incorporating some equity credit for existing hybrids). The majority of
the financing will be sourced from excess capital at PLIC, supplemented by a
Regulation XXX reserve solution. Although regulatory capital will decline at
PLIC, A.M. Best believes the transaction itself will not have a significant
impact on the long-term financial strength of the organization.

The acquisition of MONY and MLOA’s businesses, which generally comprises
well-seasoned ordinary life business with little interest sensitivity and
limited guarantees, is consistent with Protective’s core competency of
acquiring and successful integrating closed blocks of business to augment
earnings. A.M. Best recognizes there is execution risk with nearly every
transaction, and this acquisition is Protective’s largest one to date in terms
of assets to be purchased. Consequently, A.M. Best will review Protective’s
integration plans along with the impact on its risk-adjusted capital and
operating results once the acquisition closes, which is anticipated in the
second half of 2013.

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
http://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.
Michael Adams, 908-439-2200, ext. 5133
Senior Financial Analyst
michael.adams@ambest.com
William Pargeans, 908-439-2200, ext. 5359
Assistant Vice President
william.pargeans@ambest.com
Rachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378
Senior Manager, Public Relations
rachelle.morrow@ambest.com
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com
 
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