Our principal life insurance subsidiaries are rated by A.M. Best, Standard and Poor's, and Moody's as follows: Life insurance ratings.
Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Genworth Life Insurance Company and Genworth Life Insurance Company of New York ratings do not apply to the safety or performance of underlying portfolios of variable products, which will fluctuate and could lose value.
Our mortgage insurance subsidiaries are rated by Standard and Poor's and Moody's as follows:
Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada is also rated by Dominion Bond Rating Services (DBRS). The DBRS rating is "AA".
Mortgage life insurance
Genworth Seguros de Credito a la Vivienda S.A. de C.V. short term rating is “HR1” and long term rating is "HR AA-" by HR Ratings on a Local Scale.
A.M. Best states that its "B+" (Good) rating is assigned to companies that have, in its opinion, a good ability to meet their ongoing insurance obligations while "B" (Fair) is assigned to those companies that have, in its opinion, a fair ability to meet their ongoing insurance obligations. The "B+" (Good) and "B-" (Fair) rating is the sixth and eighth-highest of 15 ratings assigned by A.M. Best, which range from "A++" to "F."
S&P states that an insurer rated "A" (Strong) has strong financial security characteristics that outweigh any vulnerabilities, and is highly likely to have the ability to meet financial commitments. Insurers rated "A" (Strong) or "B" (Weak) have strong or weak financial security characteristics, respectively. The "A" and "B" ranges are the third- and sixth-highest of nine financial strength rating ranges assigned by S&P, which range from "AAA" to "R." A plus (+) or minus (-) shows relative standing in a rating category. These suffixes are not added to ratings in the "AAA" category or to ratings below the "CCC" category. Accordingly, the "A+", "BB+", and "B+" ratings are the fifth-, eleventh-, and fourteenth-highest of S&P's 21 ratings categories.
Moody's states that insurance companies rated "Baa" (Adequate) offer adequate financial security and those rated "B" (Poor) offer questionable financial security. The "Baa" (Adequate) and "B" (Poor) ranges are the fourth- and sixth-highest, respectively, of nine financial strength rating ranges assigned by Moody’s, which range from "Aaa" to "C." Numeric modifiers are used to refer to the ranking within the groups, with 1 being the highest and 3 being the lowest. These modifiers are not added to ratings in the "Aaa" category or to ratings below the "Caa" category. Accordingly, the "Baa1", "Ba1", "Ba3" and "B3" ratings are the eighth-, eleventh-, thirteenth- and sixteenth-highest, respectively, of Moody’s 21 ratings categories.
DBRS states that long-term obligations rated "AA" are of superior credit quality. Given the restrictive definition DBRS has for the "AAA" category, entities rated "AA" are also considered to be strong credits, typically exemplifying above-average strength in key areas of consideration and unlikely to be significantly affected by reasonably foreseeable events.
The rating categories in any given rank are not equivalent to one another.