AM Best comments on the credit ratings of Principal Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries following reinsurance announcement

AM Best at noted that the credit ratings (ratings) of Principal Financial Services, Inc. (Main) [NASDAQ: PFG] (head office at Des Moines, Iowa) and its insurance subsidiaries remain unchanged after the January 31, 2022, announces that Main life insurance company and Main national life insurance company have entered into an agreement to transfer their current we retail fixed annuities and universal life insurance packages with secondary guarantee (ULSG) at Sutton Cayman, Ltd., affiliate Talcott Resolution Life, Inc.

Divestitures of Retail Fixed Annuity and ULSG In-force Blocks Consistent with Results of Principal’s Strategic Review Announced in June 2021. The retail fixed annuity and ULSG statutory reserves are $16 billion and $9 billion, respectively. The transaction will be structured through 100% coinsurance cessions and retrocessions, each on a coinsurance or funds withheld coinsurance basis. There are several counterparty protections for the benefit of the principal. The principal will retain all responsibility for the administration of the transferred business, and Leading Global Investors, LLC will be appointed investment advisor to manage transferred commercial mortgages and private credit assets. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

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