AM Best Removes From Under Review With Positive Implications and Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Gerber Life Insurance Company

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has removed from under review with positive implications
and upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a+”
from “a” of Gerber Life Insurance Company (Gerber Life) (White Plains,
NY). Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating
(FSR) of A (Excellent) of Gerber Life. The outlook assigned to these
Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Gerber Life’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best
categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating
performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk
management.

The ratings also reflect lift from Gerber Life’s ultimate parent
company, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (WSFG), which acquired
Gerber Life in December 2018. AM Best expects WSFG to provide capital
support when necessary. Additionally, the acquisition includes the
Gerber Life name and logo, as well as the company’s direct-to-consumer
distribution capabilities. The life insurance subsidiaries of WSFG
(collectively known as Western & Southern Financial Group) have an FSR
of A+ (Superior) and Long-Term ICRs of “aa”.

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