Converium Reiterates Rejection of Unsolicited Offer by SCOR


ZUG, Switzerland, Feb. 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Converium has noted the announcement of an offer by SCOR, at CHF 21.10 per share for the whole of the share capital of Converium, based on closing share prices at February 16, 2007, that was published on February 26, 2007.

The Board of Directors does not consider this formal pre-announcement to be materially different to the previous unsolicited proposal of SCOR about which Converium commented on February 19, 2007.

The Board of Directors of Converium continues to be unanimous in its rejection of this offer. The unsolicited proposal fundamentally fails to recognise the value of Converium's franchise and growth prospects, and is, therefore, not in the interest of Converium, its shareholders, and its customers. The Board of Directors of Converium will comment further once SCOR's offer prospectus is published.

Converium will release its financial results for the financial year 2006 on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, when it will present its medium-term strategic plan and -- based on Converium's 2006 financial performance and capital position -- the steps towards achieving the Company's sustainable return on equity target of 14% by 2009.

About Converium

Converium is an independent international multi-line reinsurer known for its innovation, professionalism and service. Today Converium employs about 500 people in 15 offices around the globe and is organized into three business segments: Standard Property & Casualty Reinsurance, Specialty Lines and Life & Health Reinsurance. Converium has a "BBB+" financial strength rating (Credit Watch positive) from Standard & Poor's and a "B++" financial strength rating (outlook positive) from A.M. Best Company.

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