AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Members of ReliaStar Life Insurance Group

OLDWICK, N.J., February 08, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of "a+" (Excellent) of ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York (Woodbury, NY) and ReliaStar Life Insurance Company (Minneapolis, MN), collectively known as ReliaStar Life Insurance Group (ReliaStar). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. Both companies are life insurance subsidiaries of Voya Financial Inc. (Voya), which is headquartered in New York, NY.

The ratings reflect ReliaStar’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

The ratings also reflect ReliaStar’s strongest level of risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and a trend of generally favorable operating results from its health business. ReliaStar’s parent, Voya, has been executing a strategy of exiting markets that are more capital intensive, or where Voya is less competitive. Voya exited the individual life and annuity segments in recent years, lowering Voya’s overall product risk and required capital.

ReliaStar’s strengths are offset partially by a less-diversified business profile due to exiting markets via the sale of in-force life and annuity blocks. This creates a condensed business profile and a reliance on highly competitive, lower-margin fee-based business. Its remaining product line of stop-loss, life and disability and annuities, however, is diversified across geographies and market segments. Additionally, NAIC class 2 and private bond concentrations are elevated slightly as compared with industry averages.

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