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Standard & Poor’s and A.M. Best upgrade Issuer Credit Rating of Talanx AG

The international rating agencies Standard & Poor's (S&P) and A.M. Best have for the first time awarded Talanx AG a financial strength rating. The rating by S&P is "A+" with outlook “stable” and therefore also reflects the new improved issuer credit rating of Talanx AG (previously "A-/CreditWatch Positive”). A.M. Best awards the Talanx AG a financial strength rating of “A” with outlook “stable”. The decisive factor in both decisions was the granting of the reinsurance licence by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

"As announced at Capital Markets Day in October 2018, we are now able to operate as a Group-internal reinsurer for our primary insurance entities. Thereby, we leverage additional earnings potential and can implement reinsurance cover better throughout the Group", Dr Immo Querner, Chief Financial Officer of Talanx AG, commented. Once it is fully implemented, Talanx expects the concept to have a positive effect on net income in the order of roughly EUR 50 million p.a.

When the announcement was made at Capital Markets Day that Talanx AG would be transacting reinsurance business from 2019 onwards, S&P had raised the issuer credit rating of the holding company from "A-", outlook stable, to "A-" CreditWatch Positive. At the beginning of November 2018, A.M. Best responded by setting the issuer credit rating of “a-“ of Talanx AG “under review with positive implications”. The transition from a non-operating to an operating holding company was crucial to these upgrades. Now that the reinsurance licence has been granted by the BaFin, the conditions for the rating upgrades are satisfied.

The bonds placed or guaranteed by Talanx AG also benefit from the rating decisions. An updated list showing the concerning ratings is attached.


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