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A.M. Best Assigns Debt Rating to Montpelier Re Holdings Limited’s Senior Notes

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A.M. Best Co. has assigned a debt rating of “bbb” on $300 million, 4.70 % senior unsecured fixed notes, due in 2022 of the recently filed offering by Montpelier Re Holdings Limited (Montpelier) (Pembroke, Bermuda). [NYSE: MRH]. The assigned outlook is stable.

The proceeds from the offering are expected to be used to redeem Montpelier’s outstanding 6.125% senior notes due 2013 and for general corporate purposes.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process. Key criteria utilized include: “Insurance Holding Company and Debt Ratings”; “Catastrophe Analysis in A.M. Best Ratings”; “Risk Management and the Rating Process for Insurance Companies”; and “Understanding Universal BCAR.” Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

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Source: A.M. Best Co.