Transatlantic Confirms Receipt of Revised Validus Exchange Offer With Current Market Value of $53.35

Stockholders Advised to Take No Action Pending Board of Directors Review

Nov 03, 2011, 08:49 ET from Transatlantic Holdings, Inc.

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRH) (“Transatlantic”) today confirmed that Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VR) (“Validus”) has amended the terms of its exchange offer to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Transatlantic.  Pursuant to the terms of the revised exchange offer, Transatlantic stockholders would receive 1.5564 Validus voting common shares and $11.00 in cash for each share of Transatlantic common stock they own, which represents a current market value of $53.35 based on the closing price of Validus on November 2, 2011.  Validus has also suggested that Transatlantic cease its current plan to return capital to its stockholders through stock repurchases in order to fund a $2.00 pre-closing dividend that Validus suggests would be part of its consideration.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties, Transatlantic's Board of Directors, in consultation with its independent legal and financial advisors, will carefully review and evaluate the revised exchange offer.  Transatlantic stockholders are advised to take no action at this time pending the review of the revised exchange offer by Transatlantic's Board of Directors.  Transatlantic intends to make the Board's position on the revised exchange offer available to stockholders in due course.

The Company noted that it remains in confidential discussions with other parties regarding potential strategic alternatives.  Transatlantic is fully committed to reaching a conclusion to this process expeditiously.  There can be no assurance that these discussions will result in a proposal or a transaction.  

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Moelis & Company LLC are acting as financial advisors and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel to Transatlantic.

About Transatlantic Holdings, Inc.

Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. is a leading international reinsurance organization headquartered in New York, with operations on six continents. Its subsidiaries, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company®, Trans Re Zurich Reinsurance Company Ltd. and Putnam Reinsurance Company, offer reinsurance capacity on both a treaty and facultative basis ― structuring programs for a full range of property and casualty products, with an emphasis on specialty risks.

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Cautionary Note regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. For example, these forward-looking statements could be affected by risks that the unsolicited Validus exchange offer and Validus consent solicitation disrupt current plans and operations; the ability to retain key personnel; 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 loss reserves; 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 risks detailed in the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information," "Risk Factors" and other sections of Transatlantic's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). 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. Transatlantic is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims 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, except as required by law.

Additional Information About the Validus Exchange Offer

This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. In response to the exchange offer commenced by Validus, Transatlantic has filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC.  Investors and security holders are urged to read the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 because it contains important information about the Validus exchange offer. All documents, when filed, will be available free of charge at the SEC's website ( You may also obtain these documents by contacting Transatlantic's Investor Relations department at Transatlantic Holdings, Inc., 80 Pine Street, New York, New York 10005, or via e-mail at

Additional Information about the Validus Consent Solicitation

On October 3, 2011, Validus filed an amended preliminary consent solicitation statement with the SEC relating to Validus's proposals to, among other things, remove all of Transatlantic's directors and nominate three new directors to the Transatlantic board of directors. Transatlantic has filed with the SEC a preliminary consent revocation statement on Schedule 14A (the "Preliminary Revocation Statement") in connection with Validus's solicitation of written consents. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Preliminary Revocation Statement and Transatlantic's definitive consent revocation statement, when it is available, because they contain important information. Investors can get the Preliminary Revocation Statement, the definitive revocation statement, when it is available, and any other relevant documents for free at the SEC's website ( You may also obtain these documents for free by contacting Transatlantic's Investor Relations department at Transatlantic Holdings, Inc., 80 Pine Street, New York, New York 10005, or via e-mail at

Transatlantic, its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in a solicitation of Transatlantic's stockholders in connection with the Validus consent solicitation. Information about Transatlantic's directors and executive officers, and a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is available in Transatlantic's Preliminary Revocation Statement, which was filed with the SEC on September 20, 2011.

Contacts: Investors: Thomas V. Cholnoky Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. Senior Vice President, Investor Relations 1-212-365-2292 or Tom Gardiner / 1-212-440-9872 Donna Ackerly / 1-212-440-9837 Georgeson Inc. Media: Steve Frankel/Eric Bonach Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher 1-212-355-4449 or Anthony Herrling/JoAnne Barrameda Brainerd Communicators 1-212-986-6667 Ex. 738 (Herrling)/ex. 749 (Barrameda)

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