Fitch Withdraws Tower Group Inc.'s Recovery Rating

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the 'RR5' Recovery Rating on Tower Group, Inc.'s 5% $150 million senior unsecured debt due September 2014 that was published on January 2, 2014 as the baseline recovery assumption of RR5 was inadvertently entered as a recovery rating. All other ratings for Tower Group are unaffected and listed at the end of the release.

Fitch has withdrawn the 'RR5' Recover Rating on following:

Tower Group, Inc.

--5% senior convertible senior unsecured debt issue due September 2014.

Fitch has taken no actions on the following ratings:

Tower Group International, Ltd.

--IDR 'CC' on Rating Watch Evolving.

Tower Group, Inc.

--IDR 'CC' on Rating Watch Evolving;

--5% senior convertible debt rating 'C' on Rating Watch Evolving.

Tower Insurance Company of New York

Tower National Insurance Company

Preserver Insurance Company

CastlePoint National Insurance Company

York Insurance Company of Maine

Hermitage Insurance Company

CastlePoint Florida Insurance Company

North East Insurance Company

Massachusetts Homeland Insurance Company

CastlePoint Insurance Company

Kodiak Insurance Company

--IFS rating 'B' on Rating Watch Evolving.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Insurance Rating Methodology' (Nov. 13, 2013).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Insurance Rating Methodology -- Amended

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=723072

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=815245

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Gerald B. Glombicki, CPA, +1 312-606-2354
Director
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 West Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
James B. Auden, CFA, +1 312-368-3146
Managing Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Andrew Davidson, CFA, +1 312-368-3144
Senior Director
or
Media Relations, New York
Brian Bertsch, +1 212-908-0549
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Gerald B. Glombicki, CPA, +1 312-606-2354
Director
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 West Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
James B. Auden, CFA, +1 312-368-3146
Managing Director
or
Committee Chairperson
Andrew Davidson, CFA, +1 312-368-3144
Senior Director
or
Media Relations, New York
Brian Bertsch, +1 212-908-0549
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com