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A.M. Best Assigns Debt Ratings to ACE INA Holdings, Inc.'s Senior Notes

Thursday, March 07, 2013

A.M. Best Assigns Debt Ratings to ACE INA Holdings, Inc.'s Senior Notes09:43 EST Thursday, March 07, 2013 OLDWICK, N.J. (Business Wire) -- A.M. Best Co. has assigned debt ratings of “a” to the $475 million 2.7% senior unsecured notes due 2023 and the $475 million 4.15% senior unsecured notes due 2043 that were recently issued by ACE INA Holdings, Inc. (ACE INA), a subsidiary of ACE Limited (ACE) (Zurich, Switzerland) [NYSE: ACE], the guarantor of the notes. The outlook assigned to both ratings is stable. ACE INA intends to use the net proceeds from both offerings plus, if necessary, any available cash, to repay at maturity $500 million of its 5.875% senior notes maturing in June 2014 and $450 million of its 5.60% senior notes maturing in May 2015. Based on the gross proceeds of $950 million, financial leverage and coverage measures are expected to remain within A.M. Best's guidelines for the assigned ratings. The existing ratings of ACE and its subsidiaries are unchanged. 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. Key criteria utilized include: “Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies” and “Insurance Holding Company and Debt Ratings.” Best's Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology Founded in 1899, A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com. Copyright © 2013 by A.M. Best Company, Inc.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.A.M. Best Co.Darian Ryan, CPA, 908-439-2200, ext. 5449Senior Financial Analystdarian.ryan@ambest.comorMichael Lagomarsino, CFA, 908-439-2200, ext. 5810Assistant Vice Presidentmichael.lagomarsino@ambest.comorRachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378Senior Manager, Public Relationsrachelle.morrow@ambest.comorJim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644Assistant Vice President, Public Relationsjames.peavy@ambest.com