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White Mountains Comments on Impact of Hurricane Ivan

September 28, 2004 at 8:05 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.'s (NYSE: WTM) preliminary estimates indicate that its total pre-tax net losses resulting from the impact of Hurricane Ivan on its insurance and reinsurance operations will be less than $35 million. These estimates do not reflect the impact on profit commissions payable to White Mountains by Olympus Re or on the value of the Company's investment in Montpelier Re.


White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's web site located at

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     *  growth in book value per share or return on equity;
     *  business strategy;
     *  financial and operating targets or plans;
     *  incurred losses and the adequacy of its loss and loss adjustment
        expense reserves;
     *  projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per
        share, dividends, market share or other financial forecasts;
     *  expansion and growth of its business and operations; and
     *  future capital expenditures.

These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by White Mountains in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform with its expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, including:

     *  the failure of announced acquisitions to enhance shareholder value;
     *  claims arising from catastrophic events, such as hurricanes,
        earthquakes, floods or terrorist attacks;
     *  the continued availability of capital and financing;
     *  general economic, market or business conditions;
     *  business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it
        and pursued;
     *  competitive forces, including the conduct of other insurers and
     *  changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations applicable to White
        Mountains, its competitors or its clients;
     *  an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting
        its financial position;
     *  loss reserves established subsequently proving to have been
        inadequate; and
     *  other factors, most of which are beyond White Mountains' control.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by White Mountains will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, White Mountains or its business or operations. White Mountains assumes no obligation to update publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

CONTACT: David Foy of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.,