Press Release - MARCH 05, 2019

AM Best Assigns Preliminary Credit Assessment to the Company to be Named Newline Europe Versicherung AG

 Darian Ryan, CPA
Senior Financial Analyst
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Jennifer Marshall
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MARCH 05, 2019
AM Best has assigned a Preliminary Credit Assessment (PCA) to the company that will be named, subject to regulatory approval, Newline Europe Versicherung AG (Newline Europe) (Cologne, Germany), with a Financial Strength Assessment of A pca (Excellent) and a Long-Term Issuer Credit Assessment of “a+” pca. The outlook assigned to this PCA is stable.

The PCA reflects the expectation that Newline Europe qualifies to be a member of the Odyssey Group Holdings Inc. (Odyssey) rating unit. Newline Europe is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Odyssey and the PCA reflects the anticipation that Newline Europe will participate in a material reinsurance agreement with a group member. The ratings of the other members of the group are not affected by Newline Europe’s PCA.

Newline Europe is strategically important to the Odyssey group as it was established as part of the Odyssey group’s response to Brexit, enabling the group to continue servicing insurance policyholders across the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom, regardless of the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Newline Europe will benefit from internal reinsurance, and shares common management and operational capabilities.

The Odyssey group’s ratings reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

This press release relates to Preliminary Credit Assessments that have been published on AM

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