Blue Ocean will provide fully collateralized retrocessional protection to parties other than Montpelier and has no current plans to obtain a rating from any rating agency. Initially, Blue Ocean anticipates underwriting gross aggregate policy limits in excess of $350 million.
Montpelier Agency Ltd., a subsidiary of Montpelier, will perform underwriting services for Blue Ocean, enabling Montpelier to leverage its skill set on a capital base distinct from Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd. John Bassett, a director of Montpelier Agency Ltd. and previously responsible for Montpelier's retrocessional business, will oversee the underwriting.
Anthony Taylor, Chairman, President and Chief Executive of Montpelier, commented: "We are extremely pleased to have completed this significant step in our announced plans to pursue non-traditional approaches to the management of our business. The separate capitalization of Blue Ocean will allow us to take advantage of favorable underwriting opportunities efficiently in what has become one of the most capital-intensive classes of reinsurance."
Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., through its operating subsidiary Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd., is a premier provider of global property and casualty reinsurance and insurance products. During the 9 months ended September 30, 2005, Montpelier underwrote $872 million in gross premiums written. Shareholders' equity at September 30, 2005 was $1.1 billion. Additional information can be found in Montpelier's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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This press release contains, and Montpelier may from time to time make, written or oral "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Montpelier's control that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. In particular, statements using words such as "may," "should," "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "predict," "potential," or words of similar import generally involve forward-looking statements.
Important events and uncertainties that could cause the actual results, future dividends or future repurchases to differ include, but are not necessarily limited to: market conditions affecting Montpelier's common share price; our short operating and trading history; our dependence on principal employees; the cyclical nature of the reinsurance business; the levels of new and renewal business achieved; opportunities to increase writings in our core property and specialty reinsurance and insurance lines of business and in specific areas of the casualty reinsurance market; the estimates reported by syndicates under existing qualifying quota share contracts; the inherent uncertainties of establishing reserves for loss and loss adjustment expenses, particularly on longer-tail classes of business such as casualty; unanticipated adjustments to premium estimates; the possibility of severe or unanticipated losses from natural or man-made catastrophes, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; evolving interpretive issues with respect to coverage as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma; the effectiveness of our loss limitation methods; changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage; changes in general economic conditions; changes in governmental regulation or tax laws in the jurisdictions where we conduct business; the total industry losses resulting from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the actual number of our insureds incurring losses from these storms, the limited actual loss reports received from our insureds to date, our reliance on industry loss estimates and those generated by modeling techniques, the impact of these storms on our reinsurers, the amount and timing of reinsurance recoverables and reimbursements actually received by us from our reinsurers and the overall level of competition, and the related demand and supply dynamics, in the reinsurance and retrocession markets as contracts come up for renewal; market acceptance of Blue Ocean's underwriting capacity without a financial strength rating from an independent rating agency; the impact of terrorist activities on the economy; competition resulting from: growing capital levels in the reinsurance industry, in some cases, declining demand due to, among other things, increased retentions by cedants, and other factors; and rating agency policies and practices. Montpelier's forward-looking statements concerning market fundamentals could be affected by changes in demand, pricing and policy term trends and competition. These and other events that could cause actual results to differ are discussed in detail in "Risk Factors" under Item 8.01 of Montpelier's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 27, 2005 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Montpelier undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.