Zurich to Issue Subordinated Debt

June 3, 2005

Zurich Financial Services Group announced its intention to raise fixed rate, long-term subordinated debt (hybrid capital) in the euro institutional market.

Zurich Financial Services Group announced its intention to raise fixed rate, long-term subordinated debt (hybrid capital) in the euro institutional market.

The company said the euro denominated debt would be issued through the Zurich Insurance Company’s “Euro Medium Term Note Programme.” The transaction is “expected to be sized to market demand.” Terms will be finalized following investor marketing and subject to market conditions. Application will be made to list the notes on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

“The funds raised will be used for general corporate purposes and to optimize the Group’s financing structure,” said the billetin. “The subordinated nature and long-term structure of these funds will strengthen the Group’s capital and improve its debt maturity profile. By placing the issue under the favourable prevailing market conditions, the Group will also continue to benefit from low interest rates.”

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