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A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to The Allstate Corporation's Newly Issued Subordinated Debentures

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to The Allstate Corporation's Newly Issued Subordinated Debentures

10:00 EDT Wednesday, August 07, 2013

OLDWICK, N.J. (Business Wire) -- A.M. Best Co. has assigned a debt rating of “bbb+” to the 40-year $800 million 5.75% fixed-to-floating subordinated debentures recently issued by The Allstate Corporation (Allcorp) (Northbrook, IL) [NYSE: ALL]. The assigned outlook is stable.

The proceeds from the offering are expected to be used to partially fund “retirement” of approximately $3.0 billion of outstanding debt in connection with Allcorp's recently announced capital restructuring plans, repurchasing common stock and for general corporate purposes. The $3.0 billion “retirement” includes the $1.8 billion principal amount of bonds tendered, the 2013 debt maturity of $250 million repaid in June and the $950 million pre-funded 2014 debt maturities.

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 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.

Copyright © 2013 by A.M. Best Company, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

A.M. Best Co.
Michael T. Venezia, 908-439-2200, ext. 5034
Senior Financial Analyst
michael.venezia@ambest.com
or
Gary Davis, 908-439-2200, ext. 5665
Assistant Vice President
gary.davis@ambest.com
or
Rachelle Morrow, 908-439-2200, ext. 5378
Senior Manager, Public Relations
rachelle.morrow@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

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