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White Mountains Reports Flat Adjusted Book Value Per Share of $352

HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) reported an adjusted book value per share of $352 at March 31, 2009, which was essentially flat for the quarter, including dividends. Adjusted comprehensive net loss in the first quarter of 2009 was $9 million, compared to break-even in the first quarter of last year, while net income was $30 million, compared to net loss of $57 million in the first quarter of 2008.

Ray Barrette, Chairman and CEO commented, "We had an okay quarter. Our operating results were better than expected across all of our major businesses -- OneBeacon came in with a 94% combined ratio, White Mountains Re an 80% and Esurance a 103%, down 10 points from last year -- and we had a small positive return in our investment portfolio in local currencies. Offsetting this, we incurred $38 million of currency losses and $32 million of Life Re losses. We are making progress in reducing the volatility of the Life Re business."

OneBeacon

OneBeacon's book value per share increased 3% in the quarter, including dividends. The GAAP combined ratio for the first quarter of 2009 was 94% compared to 100% for the first quarter of 2008. Both periods included 3 points of net favorable loss reserve development. The first quarter of 2009 had less than one point of catastrophe losses, while the first quarter of 2008 included 4 points of catastrophe losses, primarily related to tornados in the Southeastern United States.

Mike Miller, CEO of OneBeacon, said "We were pleased with our strong start to the year, with a 3% increase in our book value per share. Investment results have stabilized with a positive 0.5% total return. Underwriting results were strong, with a 94% combined ratio, an especially good result in a first quarter affected by severe winter weather conditions. OneBeacon's capital adequacy remains strong and is supportive of our business. We continued to reduce our equity and natural catastrophe exposures during the quarter."

Continued Miller, "Our Specialty Lines continue to drive our premium growth. We continue to act in a balanced way in the more competitive Commercial and Personal Lines businesses. Expect us to emphasize underwriting discipline and capital preservation."

Net written premiums were $469 million for the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 10% from the first quarter of 2008. Specialty Lines premiums increased by 61% in the quarter, largely driven by the collector car and boat business that commenced writing business in the second quarter of 2008, while Personal Lines premiums decreased by 9%, principally from premiums ceded under a new quota share treaty designed to reduce property catastrophe exposure from homeowners business, and Commercial Lines premiums decreased by 6%.

White Mountains Re

White Mountains Re's GAAP combined ratio for the first quarter of 2009 was 80% compared to 94% for the first quarter of 2008. Both periods experienced relatively benign weather and light catastrophe activity. The improved combined ratio in the first quarter of 2009 was driven by favorable loss reserve development of $6 million (3 points) as compared to unfavorable loss reserve development of $33 million (12 points) in the first quarter of 2008. In the first quarter of 2009, White Mountains Re recorded $12 million of catastrophe losses (5 points), nearly all from European winter storm Klaus which mainly impacted France in January. In the first quarter of 2008, reported catastrophe losses were $9 million (3 points) from European winter storm Emma.

Allan Waters, CEO of White Mountains Re, said, "We are pleased with our first quarter results, which reflect the underwriting and balance sheet discipline we have put in place. We did reduce our catastrophe exposure a bit at January 1st to keep it in line with our capital base. With the second quarter renewals, we are seeing further increases in risk-adjusted pricing for peak zone property catastrophe risks in the United States. Our A&H and aviation lines also continue to improve. Our capital adequacy remains strong and supportive of our ratings."

Net written premiums were down 14% for the quarter. A significant portion of the decline was in property catastrophe exposed business where White Mountains Re continues to reduce its net exposures.

Esurance

Esurance's GAAP combined ratio for the first quarter of 2009 was 103% compared to 113% for the first quarter of 2008. The improved combined ratio for 2009 was due to better loss results and lower acquisition costs and contributed to pre-tax income of $3 million. The loss ratio was 74% for the first quarter, compared to 81% in the prior year period. The loss ratio improvement was largely due to selective rate adjustments made in late 2007 and early 2008 along with lower claims frequency driven by economic factors. The expense ratio for the quarter was 29%, compared to 32% in the first quarter of 2008, due to lower acquisition costs, driven by a reduction in advertising spending.

Gary Tolman, CEO of Esurance, said, "I am pleased that the Esurance segment was profitable in the quarter. Esurance made significant improvements in underwriting results compared to 2008, with meaningful declines in both loss and expense ratios. Revenue and operating income at Answer Financial improved in the quarter versus the fourth quarter of 2008. Our policyholder base increased 2% in the quarter."

Controlled premiums, which include policies sold by Answer Financial, were $298 million in the first quarter of 2009. Direct premiums underwritten by Esurance were $214 million in the quarter, a decline of 7% from the same period in 2008. As of March 31, 2009, the Esurance segment had 759,000 policies-in-force, including 289,000 policyholders at Answer Financial. The Esurance segment added approximately 14,000 policies-in-force during the first quarter, reversing the trend seen in 2008.

Other Operations

White Mountains' Other Operations segment's pre-tax loss in the first quarter of 2009 was $38 million, compared to $30 million in the first quarter of 2008. The pre-tax loss for the segment is primarily due to $32 million of losses in the Life Re business, compared to $21 million in the first quarter of 2008. The losses in Life Re primarily resulted from the effect of the continuing volatile investment market conditions on the valuation of Life Re's derivative assets and liabilities during the quarter. White Mountains continues to explore options to limit the cost of running off these contracts.

Investment Activities

The GAAP total return on invested assets for the first quarter of 2009 was -0.1%, including -0.6% from currency losses, compared to 0.3% in the first quarter of 2008. The GAAP total return on fixed maturity investments, including mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, was 1.0% for the quarter compared to 1.9% in the first quarter of last year. The GAAP total return on equity and convertible securities was -5.9% for the quarter compared to -4.7% in the first quarter of last year. Net investment income was $61 million in the quarter, down from $117 million. The decline was primarily due to lower overall portfolio yields, shifts in portfolio mix to lower risk, lower yield investments and a decrease in the overall invested asset base following the Berkshire Exchange.

Manning Rountree, President of White Mountains Advisors, said, "Our total investment portfolio was down 0.1% in the first quarter. The total investment portfolio, excluding currency movements, managed a small positive return of 0.5%. This is a decent result given our current focus on capital preservation and challenging market conditions. Our fixed income portfolio was up 1.5% in local currencies, compared to a Barclays U.S. Intermediate Aggregate return of 0.9%. We have continued to avoid the credit losses affecting so many financial institutions. Our equity, convertible and alternative assets lost 5.9% but outperformed the S&P 500 return of -11.0%. We continued to de-risk our portfolios during the quarter, selling approximately $310 million of equities and convertibles and $75 million of non-agency residential mortgage backed securities. Our total equity exposure is now 11% of GAAP invested assets, 8% excluding convertibles."

Additional Information

During the first quarter of 2009, White Mountains adopted FAS No. 160, Non-controlling Interests-an amendment to ARB 51 ("FAS 160"). As a result, White Mountains has changed the presentation of its financial statements for prior periods to conform to the required presentation, as follows: non-controlling interests (previously referred to as "minority interests") are now presented on the balance sheets within equity, separate from White Mountains' shareholders' equity, and the portion of net income, extraordinary item and comprehensive income attributable to White Mountains' common shareholders and the non-controlling interests are presented separately on the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income. The adoption of FAS 160 did not impact White Mountains common shareholders' adjusted book value per share.

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 website located at www.whitemountains.com. The Company expects to file its Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before May 11, 2009 and urges shareholders to refer to that document for more complete information concerning White Mountains' financial results.

Regulation G

This earnings release includes two non-GAAP financial measures that have been reconciled to their most comparable GAAP financial measures. White Mountains believes these measures to be more relevant than comparable GAAP measures in evaluating White Mountains' financial performance.

Adjusted comprehensive net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the change in net unrealized gains/(losses) from Symetra's fixed maturity portfolio from comprehensive net income. The reconciliation of adjusted comprehensive net income to comprehensive net income is included on page 7.

Adjusted book value per share is a non-GAAP measure which is derived by expanding the calculation of GAAP book value per White Mountains common share to exclude net unrealized gains/(losses) from Symetra's fixed maturity portfolio. In addition, the number of common shares outstanding used in the calculation of adjusted book value per share are adjusted to exclude unearned shares of restricted stock, the compensation cost of which, at the date of calculation, has yet to be amortized. The reconciliation of adjusted book value per share to book value per share is included on page 6.

During the second quarter of 2008, White Mountains changed its principal financial reporting measure from "fully diluted tangible book value per share" to "adjusted book value per share". Fully diluted tangible book value per share is a non-GAAP measure that differs from adjusted book value per share by excluding goodwill and other intangible assets. The change from fully diluted tangible book value per share to adjusted book value per share has been presented retroactively for all periods. As a result of the change, goodwill and other intangible assets are included in the calculation for all periods presented. For periods ended March 31, 2008 and prior, the Company had not recorded any significant intangible assets other than goodwill. The goodwill, which primarily relates to the FIN 46 consolidation of the Company's investment in the Tuckerman Funds, was $20 million, $20 million and $34 million as of March 31, 2009, December 31, 2008 and March 31, 2008, respectively. The inclusion of goodwill in adjusted book value per share did not have a significant effect on the calculation of changes per share for any periods presented.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This earnings 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':

    --  changes in adjusted 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 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' 2008 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 pursued;
    --  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
        clients;
    --  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 earnings 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 publicly update any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




                 WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                    (millions, except share amounts)
                              (Unaudited)

                                 March 31,   December 31, March 31,
                                   2009          2008       2008

      Assets

      Fixed maturity
       investments               $5,630.5      $5,480.5   $6,842.6
      Common equity securities      318.8         552.7    1,520.7
      Short-term investments      2,148.4       2,244.5    2,372.2
      Other long-term
       investments                  395.1         416.2      642.5
      Convertible fixed
       maturity investments         265.0         308.8      463.0
      Securities lending
       investment assets -
       OneBeacon                     46.9             -          -
      Investments held in trust         -             -      309.2

          Total investments       8,804.7       9,002.7   12,150.2

      Reinsurance recoverable
       on unpaid losses           2,984.7       3,050.4    3,375.3
      Reinsurance recoverable
       on paid losses                66.9          47.3       88.2
      Funds held by ceding
       companies                    145.6         163.3      231.7
      Insurance and
       reinsurance premiums
       receivable                   982.6         835.7      976.2
      Securities lending
       collateral - OneBeacon           -         100.7      315.4
      Securities lending
       collateral - WMRe
       America                      105.8         119.3      165.7
      Investments in
       unconsolidated
       affiliates                    99.7         116.9      362.3
      Deferred acquisition
       costs                        327.7         323.0      325.9
      Deferred tax asset            658.1         724.0      253.5
      Ceded unearned premiums       165.7         111.3      171.9
      Value of acquired
       business in force - AFI       46.6          51.4          -
      Accounts receivable on
       unsettled investment
       sales                         25.6          78.2       35.3
      Goodwill                       19.6          19.5       34.0
      Other assets                1,207.2       1,152.1      879.2

          Total assets          $15,640.5     $15,895.8  $19,364.8

      Liabilities

      Loss and loss adjustment
       expense reserves          $7,260.1      $7,400.1   $8,038.0
      Unearned insurance and
       reinsurance premiums       1,732.3       1,597.4    1,753.8
      Debt                        1,349.2       1,362.0    1,666.0
      Securities lending
       payable - OneBeacon           48.6         107.7      315.4
      Securities lending
       payable - WMRe America       112.8         127.1      165.7
      Deferred tax liability        289.5         306.0      390.2
      Preferred stock subject
       to mandatory redemption          -             -      288.9
      Ceded reinsurance payable     162.6         101.3      124.6
      Funds held under
       reinsurance treaties          76.6          79.1       98.7
      Accounts payable on
       unsettled investment
       purchases                     23.5           7.5      106.3
      Other liabilities           1,103.0       1,295.1      960.6

          Total liabilities      12,158.2      12,383.3   13,908.2

      White Mountains shareholders' equity

      White Mountains common
       shares and paid-in
       surplus                    1,431.7       1,428.2    1,701.2
      Retained earnings           1,776.3       1,751.9    2,837.6
      Accumulated other
       comprehensive income
       (loss), after tax:
        Equity in unrealized
         (losses) gains from
         investments in
         unconsolidated
         affiliates                  (1.3)         (1.1)        .3
        Equity in net
         unrealized losses from
         Symetra's fixed
         maturity portfolio        (218.3)       (197.3)     (26.3)
        Net unrealized foreign
         currency translation
         (losses) gains and
         other                     (122.2)        (82.9)     166.4
          Total White
           Mountains
           shareholders' equity   2,866.2       2,898.8    4,679.2

      Non-controlling interests
        Non-controlling
         interest - OneBeacon
         Ltd.                       287.0         283.5      407.4
        Non-controlling
         interest - WMRe Group
         Preference Shares          250.0         250.0      250.0
        Non-controlling
         interest -
         consolidated limited
         partnerships and A.W.G.
         Dewar                       79.1          80.2      120.0

          Total non-
           controlling
           interests                616.1         613.7      777.4

      Total equity                3,482.3       3,512.5    5,456.6

      Total liabilities and
       equity                   $15,640.5     $15,895.8  $19,364.8

      Common shares
       outstanding (000's)          8,854         8,809     10,570




    WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
    ADJUSTED BOOK VALUE PER COMMON SHARE
    (Unaudited)


                                         March 31,  December 31,  March 31,
                                            2009          2008       2008

    Book value per share numerators (in millions):

    White Mountains common
     shareholders' equity              $2,866.2      $2,898.8   $4,679.2
      Benefits to be received from
       share obligations under employee
       stock option plans (1)                 -           1.1        1.5
      Remaining adjustment of
       preferred stock subj. to
       mandatory redemption to face
       value                                  -             -       (8.3)(2)
                                              -             -       ----
    Book value per share numerator      2,866.2       2,899.9    4,672.4
      Equity in net unrealized losses
       from Symetra's fixed maturity
       portfolio                          218.3         197.3       26.3
    Adjusted book value per common
     share numerator                   $3,084.5      $3,097.2   $4,698.7

    Book value per share denominators
     (in thousands of shares):

    Common Shares outstanding           8,854.1       8,808.8   10,570.2
      Share obligations under employee
       stock option plans (1)                 -           6.0        8.7
    Book value per share denominator    8,854.1       8,814.8   10,578.9
      Unearned restricted shares          (83.4)        (42.6)     (50.4)
    Adjusted book value per common
     share denominator                  8,770.7       8,772.2   10,528.5

    Book value per common share         $323.71       $328.97    $441.67
    Adjusted book value per common
     share                              $351.68       $353.07    $446.28

    (1) Assumes conversion of in-the-money stock options.
    (2) Remaining adjustment of subsidiary preferred stock to face value,
        which is representative of White Mountains' ownership interest in
        OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. of 74.7% as of March 31, 2008.



                     WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                     (millions, except per share amounts)
                                  (Unaudited)

                                          Three Months Ended
                                               March 31,
                                         2009              2008

      Revenues:
        Earned insurance and
         reinsurance premiums          $911.4            $929.1
        Net investment income            61.1             116.8
        Net realized and unrealized
         investment losses              (23.3)           (118.0)
        Other revenue                    17.3              10.0

            Total revenues              966.5             937.9

      Expenses:
        Loss and loss adjustment
         expenses                       543.2             638.7
        Insurance and reinsurance
         acquisition expenses           182.2             186.7
        Other underwriting expenses     115.4             116.8
        General and administrative
         expenses                        55.9              56.7
        Accretion of fair value
         adjustment to loss and loss
         adjustment expense reserves      2.5               4.2
        Interest expense on debt         18.9              19.4
        Interest expense - dividends
         on preferred stock subject to
         mandatory redemption               -               7.1
        Interest expense - accretion
         on preferred stock subject to
         mandatory redemption               -              10.5

            Total expenses              918.1           1,040.1

      Pre-tax income (loss)              48.4            (102.2)

        Income tax (expense) benefit    (12.3)             32.5

      Income (loss) before equity in
       earnings of unconsolidated
       affiliates,                       36.1             (69.7)
        extraordinary item
        Equity in earnings of
         unconsolidated affiliates         .9                .4
        Excess of fair value of
         acquired assets over cost          -               4.2

      Net income (loss) before non-
       controlling interests             37.0             (65.1)
        Net (income) loss
         attributable to non-
         controlling interests           (6.7)              8.3

      Net income (loss) attributable
       to White Mountains common
       shareholders                      30.3             (56.8)

      Comprehensive income, net of tax:
        Change in equity in net
         unrealized losses from
         investments in unconsolidated
         affiliates                     (18.2)            (20.5)
        Change in foreign currency
         translation and other          (39.0)             56.5

      Comprehensive net loss before
       non-controlling interests        (26.9)            (20.8)
        Comprehensive net (income)
         loss attributable to non-
         controlling interests            (.3)               .3
      Comprehensive net loss
       attributable to White Mountains
       common shareholders              (27.2)            (20.5)

        Change in net unrealized
         losses from Symetra's fixed
         maturity portfolio              18.0              20.7

      Adjusted comprehensive net
       (loss) income                    $(9.2)              $.2

      Basic earnings (loss) per share   $3.44            $(5.38)


      Diluted earnings (loss) per
       share                            $3.44            $(5.38)


      Dividends declared and paid per
       common share                     $1.00             $2.00



                           WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
                             YTD SEGMENT INCOME STATEMENTS
                                      (in millions)
                                       (Unaudited)

      For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2009

                            OneBeacon    WMRe    Esurance    Other    Total

     Revenues:
       Earned insurance and
        reinsurance
        premiums               $487.8  $227.4      $196.2       $-   $911.4
       Net investment
        income                   21.9    29.4         6.1      3.7     61.1
       Net realized and
        unrealized
        investment gains
        (losses)                 (5.9)  (20.1)        3.7     (1.0)   (23.3)
       Other revenue -
        foreign currency
        translation gain            -     5.4           -        -      5.4
       Other revenue              9.4    11.0        13.9    (22.4)    11.9

         Total revenues         513.2   253.1       219.9    (19.7)   966.5
     Expenses:
       Loss and loss
        adjustment
        expenses                288.0   109.9       145.3        -    543.2
       Insurance and
        reinsurance
        acquisition
        expenses                 95.9    47.4        38.9        -    182.2
       Other underwriting
        expenses                 72.7    24.2        18.5        -    115.4
       General and
        administrative
        expenses                  5.5    18.7         9.2     17.2     50.6
       Amortization of
        Answer Financial
        purchase accounting
        adjustments                 -       -         5.3        -      5.3
       Accretion of fair
        value adjustment to
        loss and lae
        reserves                  1.4     1.1           -        -      2.5
       Interest expense on
        debt                     10.9     6.6           -      1.4     18.9

         Total expenses         474.4   207.9       217.2     18.6    918.1

     Pre-tax income (loss)      $38.8   $45.2        $2.7   $(38.3)   $48.4


     For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2008

                             OneBeacon    WMRe    Esurance    Other    Total

     Revenues:
       Earned insurance and
        reinsurance
        premiums               $455.3  $266.8      $207.0       $-   $929.1
       Net investment
        income                   50.1    50.5         7.9      8.3    116.8
       Net realized and
        unrealized
        investment losses       (55.4)  (52.5)       (7.1)    (3.0)  (118.0)
       Other revenue -
        foreign currency
        translation loss            -   (13.1)          -        -    (13.1)
       Other revenue              3.6      .2         3.1     16.2     23.1

         Total revenues         453.6   251.9       210.9     21.5    937.9

     Expenses:
       Loss and loss
        adjustment
        expenses                300.9   168.2       168.4      1.2    638.7
       Insurance and
        reinsurance
        acquisition
        expenses                 84.7    55.6        46.4        -    186.7
       Other underwriting
        expenses                 70.1    27.0        19.0       .7    116.8
       General and
        administrative
        expenses                  2.9     5.1          .6     48.1     56.7
       Accretion of fair
        value adjustment to
        loss and lae
        reserves                  3.0     1.2           -        -      4.2
       Interest expense on
        debt                     11.5     6.9           -      1.0     19.4
       Interest expense  -
        dividends on
        preferred stock           7.1       -           -        -      7.1
       Interest expense  -
        accretion on
        preferred stock          10.5       -           -        -     10.5

         Total expenses         490.7   264.0       234.4     51.0  1,040.1

     Pre-tax loss              $(37.1) $(12.1)     $(23.5)  $(29.5) $(102.2)



                      WHITE MOUNTAINS INSURANCE GROUP, LTD.
                       SUMMARY OF GAAP RATIOS AND PREMIUMS
                                   (Unaudited)

                                                   OneBeacon
                                       Three Months Ended March 31, 2009
                                  Specialty  Commercial  Personal   Total (1)

    GAAP Ratios
    Loss and LAE                         32%         58%       89%        59%
    Expense                              39%         37%       28%        35%
      Total GAAP Combined                71%         95%      117%        94%
    Dollars in millions
    Net written premiums             $178.7      $158.9    $131.7     $469.4
    Earned premiums                  $162.7      $174.8    $150.2     $487.8

    OneBeacon                          Three Months Ended March 31, 2008
                                   Specialty  Commercial  Personal  Total (1)
    GAAP Ratios
    Loss and LAE                         55%         72%       65%        66%
    Expense                              32%         38%       31%        34%
         Total Combined                  87%        110%       96%       100%
    Dollars in millions
    Net written premiums             $110.9      $169.7    $144.7     $425.7
    Earned premiums                  $110.4      $181.0    $163.6     $455.3



                                     White Mountains Re         Esurance
                                     Three Months Ended    Three Months Ended
                                           March 31,             March 31,
                                       2009        2008      2009       2008
    GAAP Ratios
    Loss and LAE                         48%         63%       74%        81%
    Expense                              32%         31%       29%        32%
         Total Combined                  80%         94%      103%       113%
    Dollars in millions
    Gross written premiums           $400.3      $446.9    $214.2     $231.2
    Net written premiums             $309.3      $359.6    $213.6     $230.3
    Earned premiums                  $227.4      $266.8    $196.2     $207.0

    (1) Includes results from runoff operations.


    CONTACT: David Foy
             (203) 458-5850

SOURCE  White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

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    /CONTACT:  David Foy for White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.,
+1-203-458-5850, /
    /Web Site:  http://www.whitemountains.com /
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CO:  White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

ST:  Bermuda
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