HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 8, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- White Mountains
Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) announced today that Jack Byrne, the
Chairman of the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors and its former
Chairman and CEO, has adopted a prearranged trading plan in accordance with
guidelines specified by Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and
the Company's policies with respect to insider sales.
Under this plan, Mr. Byrne may sell up to 40,000 common shares over a six-
month period commencing in April, subject to market conditions and the terms
of the plan. In addition, Mr. Byrne sold 5,000 shares on March 7th. If all
the planned sales of shares under this plan are completed, Mr. Byrne, his
family and family trusts and foundations would continue to beneficially own
approximately 1.6 million common shares of the Company.
Mr. Byrne said, "I remain confident about White Mountains' management and
future. I have adopted this plan on the recommendation of my financial
advisors as a way of achieving a small measure of diversification of my
family's investments. These sales represent less than 3% of my family's total
White Mountains holdings."
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 http://www.whitemountains.com.
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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,"
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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
* 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:
* 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
* 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;
* 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.
Tel: (203) 453-1681
SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.
David Foy of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., +1-203-453-1681