Best Maintains Review/Negative Status for OneBeacon Group’s Ratings

February 28, 2014

A.M. Best has maintained the under review with negative implications status on the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of certain indirect subsidiaries of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., based in Bermuda.

Best has also maintained the under review with negative implications status on the FSR of ‘B++’ (Good) and ICR of “bbb+” of Potomac Insurance Company, based in Philadelphia.

Best’s ratings on the remaining indirect subsidiaries of OneBeacon Group as well as all debt ratings of OneBeacon Group, OneBeacon U.S. Holdings, Inc. and OneBeacon U.S. Holdings Trust I, II and III are unchanged.

Best explained that the “ratings were initially placed under review on October 19, 2012, following the announcement of a definitive agreement under which the One Beacon Group would sell several of its subsidiaries to Armour Group Holdings Limited. The transaction is subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, which is continuing its evaluation.

“The ratings will remain under review until the close of the transaction and the completion of Best’s analysis of its impact on the companies’ ratings. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2014

The under review with negative implications status has been maintained for the FSR of ‘A’ (Excellent) and the ICRs of “a” for the following indirect subsidiaries (which support the run-off business) of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd.:

–  OneBeacon Insurance Company

–  OneBeacon America Insurance Company

–  The Employers’ Fire Insurance Company

The FSR of ‘A’ (Excellent) and ICRs of “a” are unchanged for the following indirect subsidiaries (which support the ongoing operations) of OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd.:

–  Atlantic Specialty Insurace Company

–  Homeland Insurance Company of New York

–  Homeland Insurance Company of Delaware

–  OBI National Insurance Company

The following debt rating is unchanged:

OneBeacon U.S. Holdings, Inc.—

– “bbb” on $275 million 4.60% senior unsecured notes, due 2022

The following indicative ratings under the shelf registration are unchanged:

OneBeacon U.S. Holdings, Inc. and OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd.—

– “bbb” on senior unsecured debt

– “bbb-” on subordinate debt

– “bb+” on preferred stock

OneBeacon U.S. Holdings Trust I, II, III—

– “bb+” on preferred stock

Source: A.M. Best

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