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A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Virginia Surety Company

December 10, 2009

OLDWICK, N.J. — A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of "a-" of Virginia Surety Company Inc. The outlook for both ratings is stable.

These ratings reflect Virginia Surety's supportive capitalization, profitable underwriting results and management's specialty niche expertise in the extended warranty market.

The ratings take into consideration the loss portfolio reinsurance agreement with a former affiliate that covers traditional property/casualty business and the unlimited guarantee and indemnification provided by that company's new owner, National Indemnity Company, for the run off of all non-warranty business written prior to the 2006 acquisition of Virginia Surety by its current owner, Onex Corporation.

Virginia Surety and its affiliated companies are the largest underwriters of consumer extended warranties worldwide. Underwriting activities principally include coverage for extended warranty programs on automobiles, household appliances, consumer electronics, credit card enhancement programs and nonstructural home warranty.

Virginia Surety Company Inc. is the principal U.S. property and casualty insurance company of The Warranty Group.

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