Argo Group Establishes New Sidecar for 2014, Harambee Re

HAMILTON, Bermuda--()--Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, announced today the establishment of a new sidecar reinsurer for the 2014 accident year, Harambee Re Limited (“Harambee Re”). This continues Argo Group’s use of sidecar partners following the creation of Harambee Re 2013-1 Ltd covering the 2013 accident year.

As was the case in 2013, the Harambee Re sidecar will support two of Argo Group’s core business units and include both a reinsurance and an insurance portfolio. Reinsurance through Harambee Re will cover specific property portfolios underwritten by Bermuda reinsurer Argo Re and Colony Specialty, Argo Group’s Excess and Surplus Lines segment.

Argo Group President and Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Watson III stated, “We are pleased to continue support of our business growth objectives through this vehicle, which is larger for 2014 than for 2013. Harambee Re enables us to increase our underwriting capacity for key business units without adding materially to the Argo Group’s overall exposure to volatility associated with catastrophe losses.”

Harambee Re underscores Argo Group’s strategy of efficiently capitalizing on market opportunities and building upon the company’s previous insurance-linked securities transactions.

About Argo Group

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Through its operating subsidiaries, Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group’s insurance subsidiaries are A.M. Best-rated ‘A’ (Excellent) and Argo Group’s U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard & Poor’s-rated ‘A-’ (Strong). For more information visit www.argolimited.com.

Contacts

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.
Lisa Scannell, 617-235-6138
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
lscannell@argogroupus.com

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Argo Group Establishes New Sidecar for 2014, Harambee Re

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Contacts

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.
Lisa Scannell, 617-235-6138
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
lscannell@argogroupus.com