AXIS Capital Offer for Novae Accepted

Acquisition Advances Growth Strategy of AXIS’ International Insurance Business

PEMBROKE, Bermuda & LONDON--()--AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (“AXIS Capital”) (NYSE:AXS) announced that at the General Meeting held earlier today in London, Novae Group plc (“Novae”) (LON:NVA) shareholders approved the scheme of arrangement with AXIS Capital, with approximately 99.97 percent of shareholder votes cast in favor of the proposal. Based on 2016 actual results, the combination overall represents a global specialty (re)insurer with gross written premiums in excess of $6 billion.

Further detail on the results of the shareholder vote can be found here.

Albert Benchimol, President and CEO of AXIS, commented: “The acquisition of Novae accelerates the growth strategy of our international insurance business, creating a $2 billion insurer in the London specialty market, while significantly scaling up our capabilities and enabling AXIS to even better serve our clients and brokers. We are excited by the possibilities this presents and look forward to welcoming the Novae team as we work together to achieve our shared ambitions.”

Matthew Fosh, CEO of Novae, commented: “We are pleased that Novae shareholders supported the transaction. We strongly believe that the combined company will be superbly positioned to compete in the international specialty insurance marketplace.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Credit Suisse International and Fenchurch Advisory Partners are acting as financial advisors to AXIS Capital.

About AXIS Capital

AXIS Capital is a Bermuda-based global provider of specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance with shareholders’ equity at June 30, 2017 of $5.9 billion and locations in Bermuda, the United States, Europe, Singapore, Middle East, Canada and Latin America. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of “A+” (“Strong”) by Standard & Poor’s and “A+” (“Superior”) by A.M. Best. For more information about AXIS Capital, visit our website at www.axiscapital.com. Follow AXIS Capital on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Contacts

Investor
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited
Linda Ventresca, +1 441-405-2727
investorrelations@axiscapital.com
or
Media
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited
Joe Cohen, +1 212-715-3524
joseph.cohen@axiscapital.com

Release Summary

AXIS Capital Holdings Limited announced today that its offer to acquire Novae Group plc has been accepted by Novae shareholders.

Contacts

Investor
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited
Linda Ventresca, +1 441-405-2727
investorrelations@axiscapital.com
or
Media
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited
Joe Cohen, +1 212-715-3524
joseph.cohen@axiscapital.com