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A.M. Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Prudential Financial, Inc.'s New Junior Subordinated Notes


A.M. Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of "bbb"
to the newly issued $500 million 5.625% junior subordinated notes of Prudential
Financial, Inc.
(PFI) (Newark, NJ) (NYSE:PRU). The outlook assigned
to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable. The existing ratings of PFI and
its subsidiaries are unchanged.

The proceeds from this debt issuance are expected to be used for general
corporate purposes. While this issuance is expected to have a modest
short-term negative impact on PFI's financial leverage and interest
coverage ratios, both remain within A.M. Best's guidelines for the
organization's current ratings. A.M. Best also notes that PFI currently
maintains above-average levels of liquidity.

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