AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited’s Senior Unsecured Notes

AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “bbb” to the recently announced CAD 850 million, 3.95% senior unsecured notes, due March 2031, of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited’s (Fairfax) (Toronto, Canada). The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable.

Fairfax intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund the redemption of its 5.84% senior unsecured notes, due 2022, and 4.50% senior unsecured notes, due 2023. Any remaining balance of the net proceeds will be used to refinance or repay outstanding debt or other corporate obligations of Fairfax and its subsidiaries and for general corporate purposes.

Following completion of the transactions discussed above, Fairfax’s financial leverage measures are expected to remain supportive of the assigned rating, with ongoing coverage ratios slightly improving. Fairfax’s Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb,” its existing Long-Term IRs and the ratings of its operating insurance subsidiaries are unchanged.

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Dan Hofmeister, CFA, CAIA, CPCU, ARe
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5385

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