Allied World Comments on Expected Third Quarter 2012 Crop and Catastrophe Losses

ZUG, Switzerland, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today that as a result of the severe drought conditions in the Midwest United States, it expects to record approximately $40 million of crop reinsurance related losses and loss expenses in the third quarter 2012.  This amount is in addition to the company's anticipated losses and loss expenses for this line of business prior to onset of the drought.  The company also expects to record $5 million to $10 million in losses and loss expenses in the quarter for Hurricane Isaac, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in late August 2012.  These amounts are pre-tax and net of reinsurance recoverables.  

Allied World's loss estimates for these matters are derived from preliminary information obtained from clients and brokers, a review of the terms of in-force policies and contracts, a review of outward reinsurance agreements and from our crop and catastrophe modeling analyses.  Actual ultimate losses may vary materially from the current estimates due to inherent uncertainties resulting from several factors, including the preliminary nature of loss data available, potential inaccuracies and inadequacies in the data that has been provided and the potential for crop and catastrophe modeling inaccuracies.  In addition, ultimate losses on our crop reinsurance book can be materially impacted by finalized yield tallies and commodity price levels.  

About Allied World Assurance Company
Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions, offering superior client service through a global network of offices and branches. All of Allied World's rated insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A by A.M. Best Company, A by Standard & Poor's, and A2 by Moody's, and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch. Please visit www.awac.com for further information on Allied World.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Any forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements.  For example, our forward-looking statements could be affected by pricing and policy term trends; increased competition; the impact of acts of terrorism and acts of war; greater frequency or severity of unpredictable catastrophic events; negative rating agency actions; the adequacy of our loss reserves; the company or its subsidiaries becoming subject to significant income taxes in the United States or elsewhere; changes in regulations or tax laws; changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage; adverse general economic conditions; and judicial, legislative, political and other governmental developments, as well as management's response to these factors, and other factors identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

SOURCE Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd



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