Allied World Provides Initial Estimate on New Zealand Earthquake

Mar 07, 2011, 08:30 ET from Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG

ZUG, Switzerland, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today that its initial loss estimate from the February 22, 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand is in the $30 million to $40 million range pre-tax and net of reinsurance recoverables.

Allied World's loss estimates for this event are derived from preliminary information obtained from clients and brokers, a review of the terms of in-force policies and contracts and from its catastrophe modeling analysis. Actual losses from this event 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 catastrophe modeling inaccuracies.

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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 branches and affiliates. Our insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor's and Fitch. Please visit our website at for further information on Allied World.

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