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Fitch Affirms and Withdraws Everest's Ratings

June 25, 2014



CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed and withdrawn the ratings of Everest Re Group, Ltd.'s debt-issuing holding company, Everest Reinsurance Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (Everest), including the Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+' and the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'AA-'. Fitch has decided to discontinue the ratings, which are uncompensated.

The affirmation reflects Everest's high quality balance sheet, strong competitive position and franchise, diversified underwriting portfolio in primary insurance and reinsurance markets and good long-term track record of earnings and capital generation. Offsetting factors include the potential for earnings volatility from exposure to low-frequency, high-severity loss events, potential adverse reserve development in casualty reserves and the continuing challenging reinsurance market conditions.

Fitch has affirmed and withdrawn the following ratings with a Stable Outlook:

Everest Reinsurance Holdings, Inc.

--Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'A+';

--5.4% senior notes due 2014 at 'A';

--6.6% junior subordinated debenture due 2067 at 'BBB+'.

Everest Reinsurance Company;

Everest National Insurance Company;

Everest Indemnity Insurance Company;

Everest Security Insurance Company;

Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland), Limited;

Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda) Ltd.

--IFS at 'AA-'.

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

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=836505

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Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Brian C. Schneider, CPA, CPCU, ARe

Senior Director

+1-312-606-2321

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

70 W. Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60602

or

Secondary Analyst

Douglas M. Pawlowski, CFA

Senior Director

+1-312-368-2054

or

Committee Chairperson

Julie A. Burke, CPA, CFA

Managing Director

+1-312-368-3158

or

Media Relations

Brian Bertsch, New York, +1-212-908-0549

brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com

Source: Fitch Ratings


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