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Pleased: Manning Rountree, chief executive officer of White Mountains (File photograph)

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd has announced that Ark Insurance Holdings Limited, its specialty property and casualty reinsurance and insurance subsidiary, has sponsored the formation of a reinsurance sidecar to provide collateralised reinsurance capacity for its global property catastrophe portfolio.

Outrigger Re Ltd, a newly formed Bermuda company registered as a special purpose insurer and segregated accounts company, has entered into a quota share with Ark to provide reinsurance protection on a portion of Ark Bermuda's global property catastrophe portfolio beginning on January 1, 2023.

Outrigger has received $250 million of total investor capital for January 1, including $205 million from White Mountains.

Additional third-party investors include Aquiline Capital Partners and a subsidiary of Enstar Group Limited.

Manning Rountree, chief executive officer of White Mountains, said: "We are pleased to launch Outrigger Re, deploying capital into the hard market for property catastrophe insurance and in support of the exceptional underwriting team at Ark."

Ian Beaton, chief executive officer of Ark, said: "This transaction represents an important source of strategic underwriting capacity to support our core clients at a dynamic time in the reinsurance cycle."

White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM.

Ark is a specialty property and casualty insurance and reinsurance company that underwrites a diversified and balanced portfolio of reinsurance and insurance business, including property, specialty, marine & energy, accident & health and casualty.

White Mountains owns 72 per cent of Ark on a basic shares outstanding basis.

Dynamic time: Ian Beaton, chief executive officer of Ark

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Published December 22, 2022 at 7:50 am (Updated December 22, 2022 at 7:50 am)

Ark Insurance sponsors reinsurance sidecar

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