HCC Ratings Affirmed by Fitch With Stable Outlook

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| Source: HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.

HOUSTON, March 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) today announced that Fitch Ratings has affirmed the "AA (Very Strong)" insurer financial strength (IFS) ratings for its insurance company subsidiaries and the "A+" issuer default rating for HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., including the "A" debt rating on the holding company's $300 million 6.300% Senior Notes due 2019. The outlook for all of Fitch's ratings is Stable.

"We are pleased that Fitch has affirmed HCC's ratings and believe these affirmations reflect our continued commitment to underwriting discipline, financial strength and consistent profitability," said Christopher J.B. Williams, HCC's Chief Executive Officer.

These IFS ratings apply to the following insurance company subsidiaries:

  • Houston Casualty Company
  • U.S. Specialty Insurance Company
  • Avemco Insurance Company
  • HCC Specialty Insurance Company
  • HCC Life Insurance Company
  • American Contractors Indemnity Company
  • United States Surety Company

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a leading specialty insurer with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. As of December 31, 2013, HCC had assets of $10.3 billion and shareholders' equity of $3.7 billion. HCC's major domestic and international insurance companies have financial strength ratings of "AA (Very Strong)" from Standard & Poor's Corporation, "A+ (Superior)" from A.M. Best Company, Inc., "AA (Very Strong)" from Fitch Ratings, and "A1 (Good Security)" from Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

For more information about HCC, please visit http://www.hcc.com.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The types of risks and uncertainties which may affect the Company are set forth in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Doug Busker, Director of Investor Relations
HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Telephone: (713) 996-1192