Validus Holdings, Ltd. (“Validus” or the “Company”) (NYSE: VR) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the Company’s common share repurchase authorization to $500.0 million.
Jeff Sangster, Validus’ Chief Financial Officer commented: “Validus remains committed to returning excess capital to shareholders as evidenced by this latest increase in our common share repurchase authorization to $500 million. As previously noted, we see share repurchases as the most effective method of achieving our capital management objectives given current valuations.”
The Company expects the repurchases to be made from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing, form and amount of the share repurchases under the program will depend on a variety of factors, including market conditions, the Company’s capital position relative to internal and rating agency targets, legal requirements and other factors. The repurchase program may be modified, extended or terminated by the Board at any time.
About Validus Holdings, Ltd.
Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a provider of reinsurance, insurance, and insurance linked securities management operating through three primary segments, Validus Reinsurance, Ltd., Talbot Holdings Ltd. and AlphaCat Managers, Ltd. Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. (“Validus Re”) is a Bermuda based reinsurer focused on short tail lines of reinsurance. Talbot Holdings Ltd. (“Talbot”) is the Bermuda parent of the specialty insurance group primarily operating within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 1183. AlphaCat Managers, Ltd. (“AlphaCat”) is a Bermuda based investment adviser managing capital for third parties and the Group in insurance linked securities and other property catastrophe reinsurance investments.
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