Citizens, Inc. Commemorates AM Best Initiated Financial Strength and Credit Ratings on Citizens' CICA Life Insurance Company of America at the New York Stock Exchange

By: Newsfile

Citizens Rings The Opening Bell(R) at The New York Stock Exchange on August 18, 2023 at Approximately 9:26 AM Eastern Time

Austin, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - August 16, 2023) - Citizens, Inc. (NYSE: CIA), a leading diversified financial services company specializing in life, living benefits, and final expense insurance, announced today the Company will ring The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange to commensurate AM Best Rating Services, Inc. initiated ratings on CICA Life Insurance Company of America, a large Citizens life insurance subsidiary. AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher, and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry.

In the AM Best report in July 2023, CICA Life Insurance Company of America ("CICA") was assigned a Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of bbb+ (Good). According to an announcement from AM Best, the stable outlook on CICA reflects the credit rating agency's expectation that over the intermediate term, CICA will maintain a Very Strong balance sheet strength assessment, supported by additional initiatives that will further leverage the parent company's enterprise risk management framework.

Gerald W. Shields, Citizens' Vice Chairman and CEO, will lead the ceremony alongside other members of the Company's Board of Directors and management team.

"It is an honor to be welcomed by the prestigious New York Stock Exchange, as we proudly achieve our first AM Best rating of CICA - a testament to our unwavering dedication to maintaining a Very Strong balance sheet and assuring that a promise made to our policyholders around the world is a promise kept," said Company Vice Chairman and CEO, Gerald W. Shields.

The Opening Bell® ceremony will be broadcast live on August 18, 2023 starting at approximately 9:26 a.m. Eastern Time from The New York Stock Exchange in New York, NY. A live stream of The Opening Bell® ringing will be accessible at and on various financial and other news outlets including the New York Stock Exchange's social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The Opening Bell® is a registered trademark of NYSE Group, Inc.

About Citizens, Inc.

Citizens, Inc. (NYSE: CIA) is a diversified financial services company providing life, living benefits and final expense insurance and other financial products to individuals and small businesses in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. Through its customer-centric growth strategy, Citizens offers innovative products to address the evolving needs of its customers in their native languages of Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin. The Company operates two primary segments: Life Insurance, where the Company is a market leader in US Dollar denominated life insurance and accident and health insurance in growing niche markets in the United States, Latin America, and Asia and Home Services, which operates primarily in the U.S. Gulf coast region. For more information about Citizens, please visit the website at and LinkedIn.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact Information

Darrow Associates Investor Relations
Jeff Christensen and Matt Kreps
Email: (Jeff and Matt)
Phone: 703-297-6917 (Jeff) and 214-597-8200 (Matt)

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