Hartford, Conn., July 9, 2015 –The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE: PNX) (“Phoenix”) issued the following statement in response to Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) placing its long-term counterparty credit rating and the financial strength ratings of Phoenix Life Insurance Company (“PLIC”) and PHL Variable Insurance Company (“PHL Variable”) on CreditWatch:
“S&P’s announcement today follows our recently executed reinsurance treaty and disclosed expectation to de-stack our insurance company subsidiaries. The pending de-stacking results from discussions with the company’s regulators related to the reinsurance treaty. The reinsurance treaty provides significant capital enhancements to both PLIC and PHL Variable. As S&P evaluates the de-stacking, we will provide information necessary for it to assess and rate Phoenix. We continue to believe the reinsurance treaty and de-stacking will create a more streamlined regulatory structure and further strengthen the enterprise.”
Phoenix expects to de-stack its insurance company subsidiaries by July 31, 2015. PLIC is regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services. It is currently the indirect parent of PHL Variable, American Phoenix Life and Reassurance Company and Phoenix Life and Annuity Company, which are regulated by the Connecticut Insurance Department. Under the proposed structure, the three Connecticut-regulated entities will be direct subsidiaries of Phoenix. The de-stacking is subject to approval by both New York and Connecticut regulators.
The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (NYSE:PNX) helps financial professionals provide solutions, including income strategies and insurance protection, to families and individuals planning for or living in retirement. Founded as a life insurance company in 1851, Phoenix offers products and services designed to meet financial needs in the middle income and mass affluent markets. Its distribution subsidiary, Saybrus Partners, Inc., offers solutions-based sales support to financial professionals and represents Phoenix’s products among key distributors, including independent marketing organizations and brokerage general agencies. Phoenix is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and its principal operating subsidiary, Phoenix Life Insurance Company, has its statutory home office in East Greenbush, New York. PHL Variable Insurance Company has its statutory home office in Hartford, Connecticut, and files annual and other periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. For more information, visit www.phoenixwm.com.
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