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Alleghany Offers 3.625% $500 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

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Alleghany Corporation (Y - Free Report) announced the pricing of $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes. The notes carry an interest rate of 3.625% and are scheduled to mature in 2030.

The company aims to deploy the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of existing debt.

The company issued senior notes amid a low interest rate environment to get hold of more funds and enhance financial flexibility without affecting its liquidity. Alleghany maintains a strong balance sheet and had ample liquidity during the first quarter of 2020.

As of Mar 31, 2020, total debt of the company was about $1.5 billion, down 13.5% from 2019 end. The debt-to-capital ratio on Mar 31, 2020 was 16.2%, down 40 basis points from 2019 end and better than the industry average of 19.6. The debt level of the company has been decreasing over the last few years and thus its debt to capital has been improving. Nonetheless, the latest offering will increase the debt-to-capital ratio by 420 basis points.

By capitalizing on the low interest rate environment, the company is also attempting to reduce its interest burden, thus facilitating margin expansion. Also, the company’s operational strength should enable it to service debt uninterruptedly, thereby maintaining the stock’s creditworthiness.

Recently, Radian Group Inc. (RDN - Free Report) offered 6.625% $525 million senior unsecured notes to capitalize on the low interest rate environment.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) property and casualty insurer have lost 33.8% in the past year compared with the industry’s decline of 19.8%.

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