In a statement, the rating agency said it
affirmed Generali's rating at A-, two notches above Italy's
sovereign rating, with a negative outlook.
Back in November, Generali had reacted angrily at Standard &
Poor's threat to downgrade it due to its sovereign exposure, a
move which Generali's CEO Mario Greco had called "a gross
mistake". The threat was based on a preliminary assessment of
S&P's own stress test of a number of insurers.
"This is a substantial achievement for Generali and the clearest
possible signal of the inherent strength of the group," Greco
said in a statement on Tuesday.
Generali, which has around 500 billion euros of assets, held
54.8 billion euros of Italian government bonds at the end of
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca and Silvia Aloisi; editing by Louise
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