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Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) -- Moody's rates The Hartford's perpetual preferred securities Baa3(hyb); outlook stable

Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has assigned a Baa3(hyb) rating to $300 million of retail Series G perpetual preferred securities to be issued by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) off its shelf registration. Net proceeds from the offering are expected to be used for various purposes, which may include repayment of the company's 6.0% senior notes due January 15, 2019, funding for the acquisition of Navigators Group and other general corporate purposes. According to Moody's, The Hartford's ratings are based on the group's well diversified revenue and earnings streams with strategic focus on P&C insurance, group benefits and mutual funds, efficient underwriting, good product breadth, and multiple distribution channels.