Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd.

Alea Group welcomes A.M. Best rating of Alea Specialty

    LONDON (ots) - Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. (Alea Group),the global reinsurance and specialty insurance company, is pleased to announce that A.M. Best has assigned a group rating of A- (Excellent) to Alea North America Specialty Insurance Company (Alea Specialty), a wholly owned US subsidiary of Alea.

    A.M. Best said the group rating reflects Alea Specialty's core status within Alea. The insurance rating and information source added that the outlook on the rating is stable. According to A.M. Best, Alea benefits from "an excellent level of current consolidated risk-based capital, strong operating performance and consistently improving business profile."

    A capital contribution of $10,000,000 was made to Alea Specialty following a Global Offer of new shares by Alea Group as part of its listing on the London Stock Exchange in November 2003. The Global Offer raised net proceeds of $260 million.

    Based in the United States, Alea Specialty is an authorized excess and surplus lines insurer. Alea's Alternative Risk unit underwrites on behalf of Alea Specialty, providing an increased range of services to its North American insurance customers.

    Commenting on the rating action, Dennis Purkiss, Alea Group Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted that A.M. Best has assigned this rating to our North American specialty insurance subsidiary. Alea Specialty's rating further extends the Group's considerable capabilities in the insurance market, and in particular, in the North American excess and surplus lines market. With Alea London, and now Alea Specialty, we believe the growth prospects for this business remain excellent."

    Rob Byler, CEO of Alea Alternative Risk added, "The AM Best rating offers yet another indication that Alea is strengthening its market position, and providing our US clients with the choice they require in structuring risk solutions. A key element of our strategy is having a broad product offering, which in turn, allows our clients greater flexibility in program design."

    About Alea Group

    Alea is a global reinsurance and speciality insurance company with expertise in a wide range of property and casualty reinsurance, insurance, alternative risk and finite risk products and services. Alea maintains a significant presence in major insurance and reinsurance markets worldwide. Alea is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda and has ongoing operations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Bermuda, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and Jersey. For more information on Alea Group, see

    As an excess and surplus lines insurer, coverages underwritten by or on behalf of Alea Specialty may only be available through a duly licensed surplus lines broker or intermediary, and must be arranged in accordance with applicable federal and state law, including applicable surplus lines laws.

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