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XL Capital Ltd Comments On Current A.M. Best 'A' Rating Of Its Core Operating Subsidiaries

 — Hamilton, Bermuda, December 16, 2008 – XL Capital Ltd's (NYSE: "XL") Chief Executive Officer, Michael S. McGavick, today made the following statement:
"In order to provide further information regarding our ratings, we felt it appropriate to comment on our A.M. Best financial strength rating:
Based on very recent discussions with A.M. Best in which we reviewed our business and financial condition, A.M. Best is leaving our "A" Excellent/Stable outlook rating on our core operating subsidiaries unchanged.
As we indicated yesterday, XL has no need or intent to seek additional capital at this time.
We are pleased with the results of our discussions with A.M. Best and believe it is indicative of our financial strength and the power of our franchise."
XL Capital Ltd, through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of global insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. More information about XL Capital Ltd is available at www.xlgroup.com.
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