A.M. Best Places Credit Ratings of Validus Holdings, Ltd. and Its Subsidiaries Under Review with Developing Implications

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has placed under review with developing implications the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICRs) of “a” of Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. (Validus Re) (Hamilton, Bermuda) and the following subsidiaries of Validus Holdings, Ltd. (Validus) (Hamilton, Bermuda) [NYSE:VR]: Western World Insurance Company, Stratford Insurance Company and Tudor Insurance Company (all headquartered in Parsippany, NJ), and Validus Reinsurance (Switzerland) Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland).

A.M. Best also has placed under review with developing implications the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” and the Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of Validus, the ultimate parent company. (See below for a detailed listing of the Long-Term IRs.)

The Credit Rating (rating) action follows the announcement of an agreement to purchase Validus by American International Group, Inc. on Jan. 22, 2018, for $68.00 per share in cash for an aggregate transaction value of $5.56 billion. The transaction represents a 46% premium to Validus’ closing share price on Jan. 19, 2018, and a 39% premium to Validus’ three-month volume weighted average price as of Jan. 19, 2018. This deal is expected to close in mid-2018, with 100% cash consideration paid to Validus common shareholders. The ratings will remain under review until the deal closes and A.M. Best completes its evaluation of organizational changes and strategic position within the new structure. A likely outcome may be that Validus’ and its subsidiaries’ FSR and Long-Term ICRs will be affirmed with the outlook reverting to stable from the current positive outlook. The under-review status may be updated in the interim period if new facts and circumstances present themselves.

The following Long-Term IR has been placed under review with developing implications:

Validus Holdings, Ltd.

-- “bbb” on $250 million 8.875% senior unsecured notes, due January 2040

The following indicative Long-Term IRs for securities available under the shelf registration have been placed under review with developing implications:

Validus Holdings, Ltd.

-- “bbb” on senior unsecured debt
-- “bbb-” on subordinated debt
-- “bb+” on preferred stock

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Associate Director
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Director
steven.chirico@ambest.com
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Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
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Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Susan Molineux, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5829
Associate Director
susan.molineux@ambest.com
or
Steven Chirico, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5087
Director
steven.chirico@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Director, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com