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A.M. Best Comments on Credit Ratings of Markel Corporation Following Proposed Acquisition of Nephila


A.M. Best has commented that the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating
(Long-Term ICR) of "bbb+" of Markel Corporation (Markel) (NYSE:MKL)
(Glen Allen, VA) is unchanged following the announcement on Aug. 31,
2018, that Markel has entered into an exclusive agreement under which it
will acquire Nephila Capital, Ltd. (Nephila). The Long-Term Issue Credit
Ratings (Long-Term IR) and the indicative Long-Term IRs of Markel and
the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of
its operating insurance subsidiaries also are unchanged following
today's announcement. The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is

The purchase, which will be funded by Markel using cash on hand, will
afford Markel a dominant position in the insurance-linked securities
(ILS) market. Nephila will remain a separately managed business within
the enterprise. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth
quarter of 2018. Specific terms were not publicly disclosed.

From a risk-based capital perspective, the acquisition of Nephila will
drive a modest reduction in Markel's Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio
(BCAR), as intangibles are expected to increase post-close. The
transaction will enhance the enterprise's business profile by affording
it a predominant role in the (ILS) market, expanding on the scope of
capabilities the organization has built in its Markel Catco operation.

A.M. Best will continue to assess the impact of the transaction, as
additional details are made available, and will consider rating actions
should they become necessary.

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