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A.M. Best Revises Issuer Credit Ratings Outlook to Stable for Two AXA S.A.’s U.S. Property/Casualty Subsidiaries

June 6, 2014



OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Besthas revised the issuer credit ratings (ICR) outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and ICRs of “a+” of AXA Insurance Company (AXA Insurance) and AXA Art Insurance Corporation(AXA Art) (both domiciled in New York, NY). The outlook for the FSR is stable.

Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of B++ (Good) and the ICR of “bbb” of Coliseum Reinsurance Company (Coliseum Re) (Wilmington, DE), which is in run off. The outlook for these ratings is stable. All of the above companies are U.S. subsidiaries of AXA S.A. (AXA) (France) [OTC:AXAHY.PL].

The ratings for AXA Insurance reflect its strong stand-alone attributes, including its risk-adjusted capitalization, solid underwriting fundamentals and overall operating profitability. The company serves as AXA’s primary U.S. insurer of reverse flow business representing the domestic portion of multinational accounts generated by AXA affiliates.

The ratings of AXA Art recognize its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, favorable historical operating results and recognized expertise in the fine arts insurance line. The ratings reflect the implicit and explicit support provided to the company through reinsurance programs with AXA affiliates. Beginning January 1, 2014, coverage for the fine art business is being provided by AXA Insurance. Current exposures will remain under AXA Art to their conclusion.

The outlook for the ratings of AXA Insurance and AXA Art reflect A.M. Best’s expectation of continued underwriting discipline, proactive strategic management and ongoing capital support. The outlook also takes into account the resolution of key concerns with AXA’s exposures to uncertainty in the eurozone and the potential impact on the U.S. operations.

Coliseum Re remains in run off status. The company continues to maintain adequate capitalization and liquidity relative to its remaining liabilities.

Upward movement on the ratings of AXA Insurance and AXA Art could occur with extended periods of favorable underwriting and overall operating results through market cycles. Negative rating actions could occur with loss of capital position or perceived lessening of support provided by AXA. Separately, Coliseum Re is subject to potential negative rating actions should adverse development occur in the remaining run off exposures.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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A.M. Best

Robert Raber, 908-439-2200, ext. 5696

Senior Financial Analyst

robert.raber@ambest.com

or

Henry Witmer, 908-439-2200, ext. 5097

Assistant Vice President

henry.witmer@ambest.com

or

Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644

Assistant Vice President, Public Relations

james.peavy@ambest.com

Source: A.M. Best


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