Aspen Sends Letter Opposing Endurance Solicitation of Authorizations
Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (“Aspen” or “Company”) (NYSE: AHL) announced
today that it has issued a letter to shareholders in opposition to Endurance
Specialty Holdings Ltd. (“Endurance”) (NYSE: ENH) solicitation of
authorizations. Aspen's Board of Directors urges shareholders to reject both
of Endurance's proposals by promptly signing, dating and returning Aspen's
BLUE revocation card and disregarding Endurance's white authorization card.
Information on Aspen's response to Endurance's unsolicited offer, including
links to press releases, presentations, and other important documents and SEC
filings are available on the Internet at http://aspen.shareholderresource.com,
or on Aspen's website at http://www.aspen.co.
Below is the full text of the letter to Aspen shareholders:
July 21, 2014
Dear Aspen Shareholder:
ASPEN URGES YOU TO REJECT ENDURANCE'S AUTHORIZATION PROPOSALS
Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. continues to pursue its inadequate offer for
your company, Aspen Insurance Holdings – an offer that has become even weaker
as a result of Aspen's strong operating results and increasing book value.
Endurance is engaging in wasteful and coercive legal tactics as a desperate
attempt to create a false sense of urgency among Aspen shareholders and force
through its inadequate proposal.
Consider the facts:
* Aspen is delivering on a clear plan that is generating strong financial
results, including approximately 9% growth in book value per share since
the beginning of this year.^i
* Endurance's offer – inadequate from the start – has become increasingly
deficient as a result of Aspen's strong operating results. Endurance's
offer is now approximately 1.1 times Aspen's book value.^ii
* Endurance's stock – which makes up 60% of its offer – is a highly
unattractive currency given, among other reasons, Endurance's low-quality
earnings that have been significantly dependent on reserve releases.
* All three of the leading, independent governance advisory firms –
Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC and
Egan-Jones Proxy Services – recommend that Aspen shareholders REJECT both
of Endurance's authorization proposals.
DO NOT TO SUBMIT ANY WHITE ENDURANCE AUTHORIZATION CARDS –
PLEASE SIGN, DATE AND RETURN THE BLUE REVOCATION CARD TODAY
If you have questions or need assistance revoking your authorizations for your
shares, please contact our agent Innisfree M&A Incorporated: Shareholders call
toll-free: (877) 717-3930; Banks and Brokers call collect: (212) 750-5833. We
appreciate your input and support.
Glyn Jones Chris O'Kane
Chairman of the Board of Chief Executive Officer
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