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JULY 29, 2022 10:49 AM (EDT)

AM Best Places Credit Ratings of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited and Its Subsidiaries Under Review with Negative Implications


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OLDWICK - JULY 29, 2022 10:49 AM (EDT)
AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a” (Excellent) of Fidelis Insurance Bermuda Limited (Fidelis) (Bermuda), Fidelis Underwriting Limited (United Kingdom) and Fidelis Insurance Ireland Designated Activity Company (Ireland). In addition, AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” (Good) of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited (Bermuda), the ultimate holding company. Concurrently, AM Best has placed under review with negative implications the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “bb+” (Fair) of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited’s $304 million ($58 million currently outstanding) 9% preference shares due 2050.

Fidelis announced on July 25, 2022, its intention to create Fidelis MGU, a new managing general underwriter, which upon regulatory approval will be separated from the existing Fidelis companies. The new entity will be led by most of the current management of Fidelis. In turn, Fidelis will be led by a combination of existing Fidelis executives supplemented by a number of experienced senior executives from outside the organization.

As a result of the risk of implementation of the new structure, AM Best is of the opinion that Fidelis’ business profile may be affected by the separation of key management personnel into a separate legal entity. As a result the ratings of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited and the members of this rating unit have been placed under review with negative implications. AM Best will continue to monitor the separation, implementation and execution of the new strategy and structure. The under review status is expected to be resolved when the separation is fully executed, which includes appropriate regulatory approvals, and AM Best can assess, among other items, the market acceptance of the new structure, which will be apparent by analyzing business volumes and quality.

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