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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Harrington Re Ltd. and Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited


A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A-
(Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of
"a-" of Harrington Re Ltd. (Harrington). A.M. Best also has affirmed the
Long-Term ICR of "bbb-" of Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited. Both
companies are domiciled in Bermuda. The outlook of these Credit Ratings
(ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Harrington's balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best
categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating
performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk

Harrington, which commenced operations in June 2016, is sponsored by
AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (AXIS) and The Blackstone Group L.P.
(Blackstone). AXIS' operating companies maintain an FSR of A+ (Superior)
and a Long-Term ICR of "aa-" from A.M. Best. Blackstone was founded in
1985 and is a leading investment manager across a wide array of
alternative asset strategies. Harrington seeks to leverage the strengths
of both organizations' expertise to generate strong overall returns.

Harrington continues to build out a diversified, multiline reinsurance
book of business with a focus on longer-tailed casualty lines and strict
limitations on property catastrophe risk. The investment portfolio is
structured to have ample liquidity and diversification by asset class,
while managing drawdown risk and seeking to provide strong absolute

Factors that could lead to positive rating actions for Harrington
include meeting or exceeding its business plan over the long term, which
includes consistently strong operating results while maintaining strong
risk-adjusted capitalization. Negative rating actions could occur if
Harrington does not successfully execute its business plan over the long
term, or experiences underwriting or investing losses outside of
expectations or a material decline in risk-adjusted capitalization.

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