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White Mountains Re Completes Acquisition of Mutual Service Casualty Insurance Company

December 22, 2006 at 5:03 PM EST

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains Re Group, Ltd., the Bermuda-based reinsurance unit of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Folksamerica Reinsurance Company has completed its acquisition of Mutual Service Casualty Insurance Company, a Minnesota-domiciled, runoff insurer formerly affiliated with Illinois-based Country Insurance & Financial Services (Country). As part of a sponsored demutualization and conversion to a stock company, Mutual Service Casualty has been renamed Stockbridge Insurance Company.

Folksamerica paid approximately $33.6 million for Stockbridge and will record an after tax GAAP gain on the transaction of approximately $21 million. As part of the transaction, Country Mutual Insurance Company, a member of Country's affiliated group of companies, will provide Stockbridge with approximately $25 million of reinsurance protection in excess of Stockbridge's carried reserves as of September 30, 2006. Folksamerica is not acquiring any infrastructure or employees in the transaction.

"We are very pleased with the terms of this runoff acquisition put together by our Simsbury, CT-based Folksamerica Re Solutions unit and with our ability to assist Country in its desire to focus on its ongoing core operations," said Tom Hutton, President and CEO of White Mountains Re. "We are taking on a well reserved portfolio with substantial downside protection and we expect this transaction to add solid value for White Mountains' shareholders both initially and over time."

                            ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

White Mountains Re Group Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company whose operating companies, which includes Folksamerica Reinsurance Company, offer lead reinsurance capacity for property, casualty, accident & health, marine, and aviation exposures. White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. 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 information and other items of interest regarding White Mountains Re and Folksamerica are available at the companies' web sites located at, respectively, and Additional financial information and other items of interest regarding White Mountains are available at White Mountains' web site located at

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  • the risks associated with Item 1A of White Mountains' 2005 Annual Report on Form 10-K and second quarter 2006 Form 10Q;
  • claims arising from catastrophic events, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or terrorist attacks;
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  • an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting its financial position;
  • recorded loss reserves subsequently proving to have been inadequate;
  • other factors, most of which are beyond White Mountains' control.

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SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

CONTACT: Christine Repasy of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.,