HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains
Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) announced today that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, White Mountains Re Group, Ltd. ("White Mountains Re"), has entered
into an agreement to sell $400 million of 6.375% senior notes due 2017 (the
"Notes") in an offering exempt from the registration requirements of the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").
White Mountains Re intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of
the Notes to pay a cash distribution to White Mountains. White Mountains
intends to use the majority of this distribution to repay its outstanding
borrowings under a credit facility, of which White Mountains Re is a
co-borrower and co-guarantor.
The Notes will be sold only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance
on Rule 144A and outside the United States to non-U.S. persons in reliance on
Regulation S. The Notes have not and will not be registered under the
Securities Act, and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the
United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not
subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable
state securities laws.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the
solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in
any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be
unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of
any such state or jurisdiction.
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 www.whitemountains.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
The press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of
historical facts, included or referenced in this release which address
activities, events or developments which we expect or anticipate will or may
occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The words "will,"
"believe," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "predict"
and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking
statements. These forward-looking statements include, among others,
statements with respect to White Mountains':
growth in book value per share or return on equity;
financial and operating targets or plans;
incurred losses and the adequacy of its loss and loss adjustment expense
reserves and related reinsurance;
projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per share,
dividends, market share or other financial forecasts;
expansion and growth of our 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 to our expectations and
predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from expectations, including:
the risks associated with Item 1A of White Mountains' 2006 Annual Report
on Form 10-K;
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
competitive forces, including the conduct of other property and casualty
insurers and reinsurers;
changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations, or their
interpretation, applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its
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.
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.