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Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc. -- Moody’s upgrades Guardian (Aa1 IFS); outlook changed to stable

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Rating Action: 

Moody’s upgrades Guardian (Aa1 IFS); outlook changed

to stable

7 September 2022

New York, September 7, 2022 – Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has upgraded the insurance

financial strength (IFS) rating of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America to Aa1 from Aa2. The

outlook was changed to stable from positive. Please see below for a complete list of rating actions.
RATINGS RATIONALE
The upgrade and stable outlook reflect Moody's view of the conservatism of Guardian's

management, products, capitalization, investments, and the flexibility provided by the dividend

mechanism of the whole life policy, its dominant product. Guardian has emerged out of the pandemic

with excellent capitalization, has had strong recent growth of whole life sales and faces reduced

pressure from low interest rates. While Guardian's mutual peers are significantly larger, Guardian

has a relatively high percentage of its business in low risk products and its investment portfolio

is lower risk. Guardian also compares well with its mutual peers in terms of profitability and

capitalization.
Guardian's Aa1 IFS rating reflects the company's strong business profile, which is supported by its

stable block of individual life insurance business and career-agent distribution, its commitment to

mutuality, as well as the company's low asset/liability management and liquidity risk, which stems

from the primarily non-interest sensitive nature of its liability mix. In addition, the company has

excellent capitalization and a high degree of financial flexibility through its participating policyholder

dividend mechanism on its large block of whole life insurance policies.
The company's strengths are tempered by Guardian's modest market position and brand relative to

its rating and its exposure to some less creditworthy products (relative to its participating whole life),

including individual and group disability, which could produce earnings volatility.
FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS
The following factors could lead to an upgrade in Guardian's ratings: (1) a consistent return on

capital (ROC) above 6%, without increasing the risk profile of liabilities; (2) continued profitable

product line expansion in core businesses, enabling Guardian to gain material market share and

increase national brand awareness; and (3) adjusted financial leverage below 15%.
The following factors could lead to a downgrade in Guardian's ratings: (1) an NAIC RBC ratio of less

than 400% (company action level); (2) a material decrease in the participating whole life insurance

business relative to other businesses; (3) ROC below 4%; (4) adjusted financial leverage above

20%; or (5) increased asset risk heightening investment losses in a stress scenario.
RATING ACTIONS
The following ratings have been upgraded:
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America—insurance financial strength rating to Aa1 from Aa2,

surplus note rating to Aa3(hyb) from A1(hyb);
Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc.— insurance financial strength rating to Aa1 from Aa2;

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Guardian Life Global Funding—senior secured rating to Aa1 from Aa2, senior secured MTN rating to

(P)Aa1 from (P)Aa2.
The outlook for all the above entities changed to stable from positive.
The principal methodology used in these ratings 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.

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is headquartered in New York. As of June 30, 2022,

the company reported total assets of $74 billion and total capital and surplus of $8.7 billion.
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