AM Best affirms BMO Life Insurance Company’s credit ratings


AM Best confirmed the financial strength rating of A (excellent) and the long-term issuer credit rating of “a” (excellent) of BMO Life Insurance Company (BMOLAC) (Toronto, Canada). The outlook for these credit ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect the strength of BMOLAC’s balance sheet, which AM Best considers very strong, as well as its strong operational performance, neutral business profile and appropriate management of business risks.

BMOLAC underwrites a full range of insurance products including term life insurance, whole life insurance, universal life insurance, critical illness, structured settlements and annuities. The company distributes its products through an extensive network of sales agents across Canada, and through direct channels to consumers.

BMOLAC has maintained a favorable long-term risk-adjusted capitalization level. AM Best currently rates the company’s risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s capital adequacy ratio (BCAR), as very strong. It should be noted that the capitalization of BMOLAC in recent years has been managed by dividend payments which have included $ 200 million in 2020. The company has performed well throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite a slight decline in premiums and earnings in 2020, which saw a substantial positive rebound through July 2021. The company has performed well over the long term, with a five-year average return on equity of nearly 13%.

The continued competition BMOLAC faces from the largest insurance companies to gain market share in the mature and concentrated Canadian market partially offsets these positive rating factors. The asset-liability matching of BMOLAC’s long-term business portfolio in a low interest rate environment also remains a challenge. AM Best notes, however, that these challenges have been successfully managed by the company over the long term.

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Kevin varvaro
Financial Analyst

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Associate Director

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Manager, Public Relations

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Director, Communications

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Source: AM Best


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