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Large Insurers Could Take CIT Hit

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Some major life insurance companies may be affected by the financial problems of a leading lender, according to U.S. analysts for Credit Suisse A.G., Zurich.

Credit Suisse released a report Thursday citing the exposures of American life insurance companies to a debt restructuring of financially troubled CIT Group Inc., New York. CIT admitted in a statement released Wednesday that it was not expecting government bailout money.

AFLAC Inc., Columbus, Ga., has the highest number of CIT securities, with a conditional fair value of $218 million, accounting for 3.3% of equity, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, Credit Suisse notes.

Genworth Financial Inc., Richmond, Va., has the second-most in CIT securities with $140 million, which amounts to 1.5% of equity, excluding AOCI, Credit Suisse reports.

Lincoln Financial Corp., Radnor, Pa., is listed by the report as having $76 million in CIT securities. That makes up 1% of the insurer’s equity, excluding AOCI.

Protective Life Corp., Birmingham, Ala., has $32 million in CIT securities. That is 1.7% of Protective’s equity, excluding AOCI, according to the report.

Conseco Inc., Carmel, Ind., has $21 million in CIT securities, constituting 0.9% of their equity, excluding AOCI.

MetLife Inc., New York, has $87 million in CIT securities, and Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J., has $41 million. However, neither amount adds up to more than 0.3% of equity, excluding AOCI, for either insurer, the report says.

A recovery rate between 50 and 60% on the securities is expected, according to the report.