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January 31, 2013
16:27 EDTVRValidus sees itself entering FY13 in an "excellent position"
Validus says it enters 2013 in an excellent position. The recent acquisition of Flagstone has provided additional scale in Validus Re's core property catastrophe reinsurance business, Talbot's focus on Marine and Property classes will allow it to capitalize on loss driven rate increases, and AlphaCat recently announced a significant increase in third party capital under management. Together with over $4B of common shareholders' equity, $5.2B of total capitalization and a high grade investment portfolio, Validus has the size, scale and security to provide significant capacity to our clients and their intermediaries.
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April 14, 2014
16:11 EDTVRBarclays upgrades Aspen Insurance, sees start of reinsurance consolidation cycle
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10:24 EDTVRAspen Insurance jumps after receiving buyout proposal
Shares of Aspen Insurance (AHL) are rising after a peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), offered to buy the company. WHAT'S NEW: Endurance Specialty announced that it had sent a takeover proposal to Aspen, offering to buy the company for $3.2B, or $47.50 per share. Endurance offered Aspen shareholders the right to receive, at their election, all cash, all Endurance common shares, or a combination of cash and Endurance common shares in exchange for their stake in Aspen. Endurance, which said the cash consideration to be offered will be funded from cash resources and $1.05B of newly issued common shares to investors, argues that the combined company would be a global leader in specialty insurance and reinsurance with increased scale, market presence, diversification and profit potential and over $5 billion of combined annual gross premiums written. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aspen climbed $6.01, or 15.27%, to $45.38 and Endurance Specialty fell 2.95% to $52.23 before shares of both companies were halted for trading around 10 am ET. Other reinsurers rose, with Montpelier Re (MRH) advancing 2.2% to $29.94, Platinum Underwriters (PTP) gaining 1% to $60, and Validus (VR) adding 0.8% to $37.59.

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