A.M. Best Comments on Credit Ratings of AXIS Specialty Limited and AXIS Capital Holdings Limited

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has commented that the Financial Strength Rating of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” of AXIS Specialty Limited and its operating affiliates, as well as the Long-Term ICR of “a-” of AXIS Specialty Limited’s parent, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (collectively referred to as AXIS) (both domiciled in Hamilton, Bermuda) [NYSE: AXS], remain unchanged following the announcement of AXIS’ agreement to acquire Novae Group plc (Novae). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

Novae was established in 1986 and is listed on London Stock Exchange. Novae operates through Lloyd’s Syndicate 2007, and in 2016, wrote approximately GBP 900 million of gross written premium. Under the terms of the agreement, AXIS will acquire the diversified specialty (re)insurer for $604 million or 700 pence per share. AXIS will fund the 100% cash transaction through existing resources and the transaction value represents approximately 1.5x tangible book value. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. A.M. Best will monitor the transaction and integration of Novae into the wider AXIS group.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Scott Mangan
Senior Financial Analyst
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5593
scott.mangan@ambest.com
or
Greg Reisner
Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5224
greg.reisner@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com