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CONTACT: Todd Pozefsky
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WHITE MOUNTAINS REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

HAMILTON, Bermuda (February 6, 2019) - White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) reported book value per share of $896 and adjusted book value per share of $888 as of December 31, 2018. For the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, book value per share decreased 5% and 4% and adjusted book value per share decreased 4% and 3%, including dividends. Including the estimated gain of $55 per share for the MediaAlpha transaction, December 31, 2018 book value per share would have been $951 and adjusted book value per share would have been $943.

Manning Rountree, CEO, commented, “We had a tough fourth quarter, with ABVPS down 4%. This result was driven largely by the impact of the rout in the equity markets on our investment portfolio. BAM enjoyed a strong fourth quarter, ending the year at new highs for par in force, total premiums and claims paying resources and, in December, making a $23 million cash payment on the surplus notes. NSM posted mixed results across its existing business lines in the quarter, while closing two new bolt-on acquisitions. MediaAlpha had yet another strong quarter, ending the year at new highs for revenues and EBITDA. The recently announced MediaAlpha transaction will increase ABVPS by 6%, recognizing the significant value created to date and setting the stage for further value creation. During 2018, we returned $519 million to shareholders through share repurchases and allocated roughly $300 million to new business opportunities, ending the year with $1.2 billion of undeployed capital.”

Comprehensive loss attributable to common shareholders was $141 million and $146 million in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to comprehensive income attributable to common shareholders of $23 million and $631 million in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Results for the year ended December 31, 2017 include the $557 million gain from the sale of OneBeacon.

HG Global/BAM

BAM’s gross written premiums and member surplus contributions (MSC) collected from new business totaled $51 million and $107 million in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $33 million and $101 million in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. BAM insured municipal bonds with par value of $5.4 billion and $12.0 billion in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to $3.3 billion and $10.4 billion in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Total pricing was 94 and 93 basis points in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, compared to 99 basis points in both the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2018, BAM completed an assumed reinsurance transaction to insure municipal bonds with a par value of $2.2 billion for gross written premiums and MSC of $20 million. BAM’s total claims paying resources were $871 million at December 31, 2018, compared to $835 million at September 30, 2018 and $708 million at December 31, 2017.




The following information was filed by White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd (WTM) on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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