NEW YORK - October 3, 2003 - Folksamerica Reinsurance Company announced today
that it has acquired renewal rights to the property and casualty treaty reinsurance
business of CNA Reinsurance, a division of CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:
Under the terms of the transaction, Folksamerica will compensate CNA based
upon the amount of premiums renewed by Folksamerica over the next two contract
renewals. No reserves or liabilities are being transferred. In connection with
this transaction, Folksamerica will establish an underwriting office in Chicago
staffed with a number of CNA's reinsurance professionals.
"Over the years we have been successful in both acquiring companies and
integrating books of business," said Steve Fass, Folksamerica's Chief Executive
Officer. "As in our previous deals, the success of this transaction will
be measured not only by the returns we produce for our shareholders but by our
ability to provide a seamless transition for CNA's clients, brokers and the
many fine professionals who will shortly be joining our company."
Folksamerica, a multi-line broker market reinsurer, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM). With $1 billion in capital,
the company ranks among the top U.S. broker market reinsurance companies. Additional
information and other items of interest regarding Folksamerica are available
at the company's web site located at www.folksamerica.com. Additional financial
information and other items of interest regarding White Mountains are available
at White Mountains' web site located at www.whitemountains.com.
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