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OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and
affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B+ (Good) and the
Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “bbb-” of Investors
Heritage Life Insurance Company (IHLIC) (Frankfort, KY), which is
subsidiary of Aquarian Investors Heritage Holdings LLC (Aquarian).

The ratings reflect IHLIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best
categorizes as strong, as well as its marginal operating performance,
limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management
(ERM).

The positive outlooks reflect an improved balance sheet assessment,
which AM Best characterizes as strong due to improved risk-adjusted
capitalization levels, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio
(BCAR), reduced reinsurance leverage, and a reduction in investment risk
due to decreased exposure to NAIC Class 2 bonds and reduced equity
allocations. The company’s risk-adjusted capitalization levels improved
due to the gain on the sale of affiliated stock of Investors Heritage
Capital Corporation (IHCC) in conjunction with its acquisition by
Aquarian in 2018, as well as an additional capital contribution made by
Aquarian in the same year. IHCC also reduced its reinsurance leverage
significantly by recapturing business from an unrated reinsurer.

Operating performance has been marginal historically due to lack of
premium growth and low return metrics, but IHLIC has reported
significant growth in its premiums last year due to the launch of a new
multi-year guaranteed fixed deferred annuity product and has reversed a
trend of declining premiums from 2013-2017. However, operating
performance remains constrained given sales acquisition costs and narrow
spreads on its recently introduced fixed annuity product given high
crediting rates.

While the company’s business profile is assessed as limited given its
historical focus as a preneed and final expense writer with high
geographic concentration, it is evolving as it migrates toward annuity
products and expands geographically. IHLIC’s ERM is considered to be
appropriate and has improved under its new ownership structure.

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908 439 2200, ext. 5214

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Mirabella

Director
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