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Jackson National Life Global Funding — Moody’s affirms Jackson Financials’ ratings; outlook remains negative

 

New York, August 17, 2022 – Moody’s Investors Service, (”Moody’s”) has affirmed Jackson

Financial, Inc.’s (”Jackson”) issuer rating at Baa2 as well as the insurance financial strength (IFS)

rating at A2 for the rated operating insurance subsidiaries of Jackson National Life Insurance

Company and Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York (collectively Jackson

National). The outlook for the ratings remains negative.
Please see below for a complete list of ratings.
RATINGS RATIONALE
Moody’s said the rating affirmation of Jackson Financial and its core life insurance subsidiaries

reflects Jackson’s leading position in the US asset accumulation business, as well as its sizable

market share in the variable annuity (VA) business. It has a broad annuity product offering effectively

leveraging multiple distribution channels, and an efficient back office infrastructure. The company

has also successfully completed its initial public offering (IPO) in September 2021, and repaid all of

the more than $2 billion outstanding on its term loan facilities drawn upon prior to the IPO replacing it

with a debt ladder consisting of multiple offerings of senior notes.
Jackson has good historical net capital generation that benefits from a successful hedging strategy.

However, it has significant exposure to earnings and capital volatility from equity markets and must

manage capital requirements that are sensitive to policyholder behavior, equity market returns,

and interest rates. The company continues to be challenged to improve its market position for new

products, increase product diversification, and to balance the competing demands to support growth

plans in its businesses and its increasing emphasis on returning capital back to shareholders in the

form of share repurchases and dividends.
During the outlook period, Moody’s will continue to evaluate the company’s capitalization and

hedging strategy under varying stress scenarios, liquidity needs, and plans to improve its product

diversification and lessen its concentration of VAs. Following the IPO, capitalization has been good,

but regulatory capital at Jackson National is lower than Moody’s anticipated. Jackson also plans to

manage leverage in the range of 20% – 25%, which is higher than Moody’s expects for the current

rating. However, Moody’s believes the company’s efforts to increase its product diversification

beyond its VA products and the expansion with other third party investment advisors is credit

positive. These investments in growth initiatives will take time to develop, and Jackson continues

to face challenges to profitably grow its businesses in these competitive markets which place

downward pressure on net capital generation, at least in the intermediate term.
Moody’s will consider the continued advancement of Jackson’s business plan and balanced growth

in new product sales leading to improved product diversification, and sustained market share

over the outlook period. Moody’s is looking for a sustained high level of regulatory and economic

capital to offset the volatility in earnings and net capital generation, and continued adjusted financial

leverage ratio consistently below 20% due to the high concentration in VAs, as well as the economic

exposure to interest rate risk in a lower rate environment. We also expect Jackson to continue to

maintain a solid hedging program to mitigate and proactively manage the risk associated with its VA

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS
Given the negative outlook, there is limited upward pressure on Jackson’s ratings. A combination

of the following drivers could return Jackson’s outlook to stable: 1) Continued improvement in

Jackson’s standalone credit profile as evidenced by maintaining its business profile and more

balanced growth in new product sales with less emphasis on VAs with living benefits, 2) Strong

and stable NAIC CAL RBC ratio at Jackson National Life Insurance Company with demonstrated

resilience / protection of economic and regulatory capital ratios following a stress scenario, and 3)

Adjusted financial leverage ratio (excluding AOCI) remains below 20%.
The following factors could result in a downgrade of Jackson’s ratings: 1) Jackson National Life

Insurance Company’s NAIC RBC ratio falling below 425%, 2) Increased volatility of capital levels

and/or RBC at the operating companies, 3) Lower than expected sales of products other than VAs

with guarantees, or 4) Adjusted financial leverage ratio (excluding AOCI) consistently above 25%.
Affected Ratings:
The following ratings have been affirmed:
Jackson Financial, Inc.: long term issuer rating at Baa2, senior unsecured debt rating at Baa2, senior

unsecured shelf at (P)Baa2, subordinated shelf at (P)Baa3, junior subordinated shelf at (P)Baa3,

and preferred shelf at (P)Ba1;
Jackson National Life Insurance Company: insurance financial strength at A2, surplus notes at Baa1

(hyb), and short-term insurance financial strength at P-1;
Jackson National Life Insurance Co of New York: backed insurance financial strength at A2;
Jackson National Life Global Funding: senior secured regular bond/debenture at A2, senior secured

medium-term note program at (P)A2, and senior unsecured regular bond/debenture at A2.
Outlook actions:
..Jackson Financial, Inc.
….Outlook: remains negative
..Jackson National Life Insurance Company
….Outlook: remains negative
..Jackson National Life Insurance Co of New York
….Outlook: remains negative
Jackson National Life Global Funding
….Outlook: remains negative
Jackson National Life Insurance Company, the primary operating company of Jackson, provides

insurance protection, retirement, and investment products in the United States. As of June 30, 2022,

the company reported statutory assets of $256.6 billion and statutory capital and surplus of $7.7

billion.

The principal methodology used in this rating was Life Insurers Methodology published in August

2022 and available at

https://ratings.moodys.com/api/rmc-documents/391815

. Alternatively, please

see the Rating Methodologies page on

https://ratings.moodys.com

for a copy of this methodology.

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For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures

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