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Validus Holdings Announces Buyback of Stock

Source: MarketWatch

Posted on 05 Nov 2010

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Bermuda-based reinsurer Validus Holdings, Ltd. announced today that its Board of Directors has approved share repurchase transactions aggregating $300.0 million. These repurchases will be effected by a tender offer, which the Company intends to commence on Monday, November 8, 2010, for up to 7,945,400 of its common shares at a price of $30.00 per share.

In addition, Validus has entered into separate repurchase agreements with funds affiliated with or managed by each of Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, New Mountain Capital, LLC and Vestar Capital Partners to purchase 2,054,600 common shares in the aggregate at the same per share price as the tender offer, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $61.6 million, subject to completion of the tender offer. The tender offer and share repurchases are part of the Company's ongoing program to return capital to shareholders through share repurchases or other means. As a result of these transactions, the Company expects to repurchase an aggregate of 10.0 million common shares. This amount is in addition to the $629.0 million of common shares repurchased by the Company through November 3, 2010 under its previously authorized share repurchase program announced in February 2010.

Tendering shareholders will receive the purchase price in cash, without interest, for common shares properly tendered in the tender offer and not properly withdrawn, subject to the conditions of the tender offer, including the provisions relating to proration, "odd lot" priority and conditional tender in the event that more than 7,945,400 common shares are properly tendered in the tender offer and not properly withdrawn. These provisions will be described in the Offer to Purchase relating to the tender offer that will be distributed to shareholders. If the tender offer is fully subscribed, the completion of the tender offer and the share repurchases will result in the repurchase by Validus of $300 million of its common shares in the aggregate.

The tender offer will not be conditional upon obtaining financing or any minimum number of common shares being tendered; however, the tender offer will be subject to a number of other terms and conditions, which will be specified in the Offer to Purchase. The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on December 8, 2010, unless withdrawn or extended by the Company. Dowling & Partners Securities, LLC will serve as the dealer manager for the tender offer. Georgeson Inc. will serve as the information agent for the tender offer.

While the Company's Board of Directors has authorized the tender offer, it has not, nor has the Company, the dealer manager, the information agent or the depositary made, or is making, any recommendation to the Company's shareholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their common shares. Shareholders must make their own decision as to whether to tender their common shares and, if so, how many common shares to tender. Shareholders are urged to discuss their decision with their tax advisors, financial advisors and/or brokers.

About Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a provider of reinsurance and insurance, conducting its operations worldwide through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. ("Validus Re") and Talbot Holdings Ltd. ("Talbot"). Validus Re is a Bermuda based reinsurer focused on short-tail lines of reinsurance. Talbot is the Be