HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 8, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The Listing Committee
of the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) today announced the approval of the
listing of up to 12,246,680 Common Shares of White Mountains Insurance Group,
White Mountains was originally formed as a Delaware corporation in 1980.
In October 1999, White Mountains completed a corporate reorganization that
changed its domicile from Delaware to Bermuda. White Mountains' Common Shares
received a primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WTM) in
The BSX listing is a secondary listing and is effective from September
The Company is an insurance holding company whose principal businesses are
conducted through its subsidiaries and affiliates in property and casualty
insurance and reinsurance. During the six months ended 30th June 2003, White
Mountains underwrote $1.56 billion in earned insurance and reinsurance
premiums. Shareholders' equity at 30th June 2003 was $2.87 billion.
The listing of the Common Shares of White Mountains was sponsored by LOM
"The BSX welcomes White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. to listing," said
Mr. James S. McKirdy, Listings and Compliance Manager of the BSX. "White
Mountains joins the growing list of Bermuda-domiciled insurance companies to
list on the Exchange on a secondary basis."
White Mountains' Chairman, Jack Byrne, said: "White Mountains is
delighted to be the newest member of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. We are proud
of our Bermuda home and are pleased to be a recognized member of such a
respected international organization and the Bermuda business community."
"LOM Capital is delighted to have sponsored the White Mountains Insurance
Group, Ltd. on the BSX. The White Mountains listing is the fifth
insurance/reinsurance holding company we have sponsored onto the BSX in the
past 21 months," said Scott Lines, Managing Director of LOM Capital. "White
Mountains is a substantial addition to the very high quality, world class,
reinsurance companies listed in Bermuda."
For further information on White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., please
visit the Company's website at: www.whitemountains.com or contact Investor
Relations at (441) 296-6011.
For more information on the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX), contact
Christopher Dill at (441) 292-7212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also
available at www.bsx.com, on Bloomberg at BSX , and on Reuters at THE BSX.
The BSX was founded in 1971 and is the world's leading fully electronic
offshore securities market. The BSX lists equities, mutual funds and bonds,
as well as depository receipts. The Exchange is recognized by the SEC as a
"DOSM" (Designated Offshore Securities Market) and is a full member of the
World Federation of Exchanges.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This 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 "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
- 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
- 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 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 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;
- 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.
CONTACT: Dennis Beaulieu
SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.
Dennis Beaulieu of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., +1-