S&P Announces: Research Update: Jackson National Life Insurance Co. Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Negative.
NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of -- On Nov. 18, 2004, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'AA' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Jackson National Life Jackson National Life Insurance is a U.S. life assurance company that is a subsidiary of the UK based insurer, Prudential Plc. Founded in 1961, Jackson is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, and has over a thousand employees in the region. Insurance Co. and Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of New York (collectively referred to as JNL JNL Journal
JNL Jackson National Life (insurance company; Lansing, MI; also seen as JNLIC)
JNL JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems) Network Library ).
The outlook on JNL is negative.
The affirmation on JNL is concurrent with rating actions taken on Prudential PLC This article is about the British company. For the American company, see Prudential Financial. For places named after the company, see Prudential.
Prudential plc (LSE: PRU, NYSE: PUK) is a United Kingdom-based financial services company. (Pru PLC), the U.K.-based multinational life insurance holding company and its operating companies (collectively, Prudential). JNL is a wholly owned core subsidiary of Pru PLC.
The ratings on JNL are based on the support of its parent company, strong competitive position, diversified distribution channels, improving product diversification, strong and improving capitalization, and strong expense discipline. The ratings are constrained by JNL's past earning's volatility from its concentration in the spread and variable annuity Variable Annuity
An insurance contract in which, at the end of the accumulation stage, the insurance company guarantees a minimum payment. The remaining income payments can vary depending on the performance of the managed portfolio. businesses, adequate liquidity, and higher than industry average exposure to corporate credit risk.
JNL benefits from positive local management and improvements in its financial strength, although the negative outlook is driven by Standard & Poor's view on Prudential's operating group as a whole and the support that the group confers on JNL.
The JNL is expected to finish 2004 with a strong and improved capitalization as measured by its Standard & Poor's risk-based capital of more than 135%, excluding capital obtained from the sale of the Jackson Federal Bank. . In 2005, the ratio is expected to be more than 150% supported by stronger statutory earnings and the recently announced acquisition of Life Insurance Co. of Georgia. JNL's liquidity ratio will remain adequate for the rating. In addition, the company is expected to maintain GAAP GAAP
See: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
See generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). earnings ratio on Standard & Poor's model of at least 250%. The product profile will become more diverse in 2005 as the company increases its life insurance sales and institutional investment products continue to be sold on an opportunistic basis.
Major Rating Factors
--In 2003, JNL was sixth among U.S. life insurance companies in the sale of individual fixed annuities Fixed annuities
Contracts in which an insurance company or issuing financial institution pays a fixed dollar amount of money per period. , fourteenth in the sale of variable annuities Variable annuities
Investment contracts whose issuer pays a periodic amount linked to the investment performance of an underlying portfolio. , and the eighth-largest seller of annuities through banks. These individual products are supplemented on an opportunistic basis by the sale of group fixed-term products such as guaranteed income contracts.
--The company has evolved from being product focused to becoming customer focused with management principles being 1) a value added Value Added
The enhancement a company gives its product or service before offering the product to customers.
This can either increase the products price or value. discipline, 2) market flexibility, and 3) excellence in execution. The strong expense discipline has been a major contributing factor to JNL's profitability over time, with after-tax returns averaging better than 15% in the late 1990's. Although GAAP net income was actually negative in 2002, reflecting investment losses of more than $400 million, pre-tax GAAP operating earnings Operating Earnings
Profits after subtracting expenses such as marketing, cost of goods sold, administration and general operating costs from revenue.
Tax and interest expenses are not subtracted - operating earnings are synonymous with EBIT (earnings before (excluding FAS 133 and realized gains/losses) recovered in 2003 to $391 million, and $288 million for the first six months of 2004.
--Over the past several years, JNL has diversified its sources of business with approximately equal proportions now coming from its traditional independent agents relationships, from financial planners and broker dealers, and from banks and other types of financial institutions.
--JNL's liquidity ratio of 172% based on Standard & Poor's model, although better than previous years, remains only adequate, and below that of most comparably rated companies. Contributing to JNL's relatively low liquidity ratio is the large percentage of annuity liabilities that can be withdrawn without any or low surrender charges plus utilization of less liquid assets Cash, or property immediately convertible to cash, such as Securities, notes, life insurance policies with cash surrender values, U.S. savings bonds, or an account receivable. such as private placements.
Ratings List Jackson National Life Insurance Co. Counterparty credit rating AA/Negative/A-1+ Financial strength rating AA/Negative Subordinated debt A+ Jackson National Life Insurance Co. of New York Counterparty credit rating AA/Negative/-- Financial strength rating AA/Negative
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