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Element Re announces name change to XL Weather & Energy

Stamford, CT - January 16, 2003 - Element Re Capital Products Inc., an XL Capital company and provider of weather and energy risk management products, today announced that it is changing its name to XL Financial, Weather & Energy Inc. ("XL Weather & Energy.")
President and Chief Operating Officer of XL Weather & Energy Lynda Clemmons said: "This name change is a natural progression for us as we evolve our business model. In addition to our core offering of customized weather insurance and derivative risk management solutions, we have also begun providing contingent risk management products to the utility and energy industries. The new name reflects these offerings and more closely aligns us with the financial strength and technical expertise of XL Capital Group."
Chief Executive of XL's Financial Products and Services operations Robert Lusardi said: "Since its formation in July, 2000, Element Re has been an important member of the XL family and an important contributor to our continued growth. This name change shows the commitment of XL Financial to providing to our customers around the world the most innovative and effective programs available."
Ms. Clemmons added: "Our leadership position in the market, coupled with XL's financial strength, will further enhance our ability to help businesses in a wide range of industries to identify and manage their weather and contingent energy risks."
About XL Weather & Energy XL Weather & Energy is a provider of innovative risk management products that allow businesses to mitigate their non-catastrophic weather and contingent energy risk. For more information, call (203) 356-3580 or visit
XL Weather & Energy is a subsidiary of XL Capital Ltd (NYSE: XL), which, through its subsidiaries, is a leading provider of insurance, reinsurance and financial products to industrial, commercial clients on a worldwide basis. As of September 30, 2002, XL had consolidated assets of approximately $34.1 billion and consolidated shareholders' equity of approximately $5.9 billion. More information about XL is available at
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