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CORRECTION: Endurance Reports Excellent First Quarter 2016 Underwriting Profitability With a Combined Ratio of 77.9%

This is a correction of the announcement from 16:15 02.05.2016 EDT. Reason for the correction: To correct typographical error related to dividend rate on Series B Preferred Shares to be redeemed

PEMBROKE, Bermuda - May 2, 2016 - Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH) today reported net income available to common shareholders of $106.4 million and $1.58 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2016 versus net income of $100.3 million and $2.23 per diluted common share for the first quarter of 2015. Book value per diluted common share was $67.03 at March 31, 2016, up 2.4% from December 31, 2015.

John R. Charman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am delighted with the excellent underwriting profitability that my colleagues in Endurance have generated in the first quarter. Our combined ratio of 77.9% reflects both the continuing high quality of our global underwriting activity as well as the very successful integration of our acquisition of Montpelier. In addition to retaining nearly all the Montpelier business we had anticipated, our speedy and smooth operational integration has generated the planned expense synergies that are already clearly visible in our financial results. While global competition across both Insurance and Reinsurance has continued in line with our expectations, our unique execution, based on targeted, profitable growth, continues to be highly successful. This integrated, corporate underwriting strategy is driven daily by our market leading underwriters implementing our very disciplined risk selection procedures. Endurance is now able to fully leverage the significant global investments that we have made over the last three years in people, products, geographies, systems and analytics to positively differentiate our underwriting performance and profitability regardless of how challenging market conditions may be."

Operating Highlights

Operating highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were as follows:

  • Gross premiums written of $1,611.7 million, an increase of 23.8% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Net premiums written of $938.8 million, an increase of 22.7% compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Combined ratio of 77.9% compared to 82.4% for the same period in 2015. The current period's combined ratio included 11.0 percentage points of favorable prior year loss reserve development and 0.8 percentage points of net catastrophe losses from 2016 events.
  • Net investment income of $11.2 million, a decrease of $30.7 million from the same period in 2015.
  • Operating income of $84.4 million and $1.26 per diluted common share, a decrease of 7.4% and 37.9%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Operating return on average common equity for the quarter of 1.9% or 7.6% on an annualized basis.

Insurance Segment

Operating highlights for Endurance's Insurance segment for the quarter ended March 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $835.1 million, an increase of $98.9 million or 13.4% from the first quarter of 2015.
    • Non-agriculture lines of business, which include casualty and other specialty, professional lines and property, marine/energy and aviation lines of business grew 54.5% from a year ago driven by the continued underwriting and geographic expansion implemented over the last three years as well as the renewal and expansion of business written within the Company's Lloyd's syndicate acquired from Montpelier in 2015.
    • The agriculture insurance line of business declined 4.0% primarily as a result of lower commodity prices compared to a year ago.
  • Net premiums written of $370.9 million, an increase of $66.9 million or 22.0% from the first quarter of 2015.
    • Non-agriculture lines of business increased 59.8% due to strong growth in gross premiums written combined with a modestly lower percentage of premiums ceded to third party reinsurers.
    • The agriculture line of business increased 3.0% due to the timing of third party reinsurance contract placements year over year.
  • Combined ratio of 89.5% compared to 87.8% for the same period in 2015. The current period's combined ratio included favorable prior year loss reserve development of 10.6 percentage points.
    • The current accident year net loss ratio improved 1.2 percentage points as lower losses within the agriculture and professional lines of business were partially offset by higher net loss ratios within the casualty and other specialty, and property, marine/energy and aviation lines of business.
    • A decrease in the general and administrative expense ratio of 3.8 percentage points reflecting earned premium growth that outpaced the increase of our expense base as a result of improved scale in our expanding insurance business.
    • The acquisition expense ratio increased 2.1 percentage points in the current quarter as non-agriculture business lines with higher acquisition costs accounted for a greater percentage of earned premiums than a year ago.

Reinsurance Segment

Operating highlights for Endurance's Reinsurance segment for the quarter ended March 31, 2016:

  • Gross premiums written of $776.6 million, an increase of $211.3 million or 37.4% from the first quarter of 2015.
    • The catastrophe and property lines of business increased $107.2 million predominantly due to the targeted renewal of acquired Montpelier business.
    • The specialty line of business increased $58.8 million largely due to growth in marine, agriculture and trade credit and surety, as global underwriting teams added over the past three years continue to identify new and profitable opportunities.
    • The casualty line of business increased $40.6 million, predominantly driven by new business within our international and U.S. offices.
  • Net premiums written of $567.9 million, an increase of $107.0 million or 23.2% from the first quarter of 2015 driven by increased gross written premiums, partially offset by greater third party retrocessional protection purchased for the specialty line of business.
  • Combined ratio of 66.8% compared to 74.7% for the same period in 2015. The current period's combined ratio included 11.4 percentage points of favorable prior year loss reserve development and net catastrophe losses from 2016 events of $4.5 million or 1.4 percentage points.
    • The favorable decline in the current quarter accident year net loss ratio of 6.6 percentage points was due to improvements within the catastrophe, specialty and casualty lines of business, partially offset by a modest increase within professional lines.
    • The 4.1 percentage point improvement in the current quarter's acquisition expense ratio was largely attributed to the earning of premiums acquired from Montpelier that do not have related acquisition costs as these were written off at the date of the acquisition.
    • The general and administrative expense ratio decreased 0.2 percentage points in the first quarter of 2016 primarily as a result of increased earned premiums, partially offset by expenses related to newly hired underwriting teams.

Investments

Endurance's net investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $11.2 million, a decrease of $30.7 million compared to the same period in 2015. The total return of Endurance's investment portfolio was 1.06% for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to 0.88% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Investment income generated from Endurance's trading and available for sale investments increased by $10.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 due to an increase in invested assets. During the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Endurance's net investment income on its alternative investment funds and high yield loan funds, which are included in other investments, included losses of $28.3 million, as compared to gains of $12.4 million in the first quarter of 2015. The ending book yield on Endurance's fixed maturity investments at March 31, 2016 was 2.19%, down from 2.21% at March 31, 2015.

At March 31, 2016, Endurance's fixed maturity and short term investments, which comprises 82.0% of Endurance's investments, had an average credit quality of AA- and a duration of 2.65 years. Endurance's available for sale portfolio was in a net unrealized gain position of $45.1 million at March 31, 2016, an increase of $57.8 million from December 31, 2015. Endurance recorded net realized and unrealized investment gains, net of impairments, of $13.2 million during the first quarter of 2016 compared to $17.5 million during the first quarter of 2015.

Endurance ended the first quarter of 2016 with cash and invested assets of $8.8 billion, which represents a 0.7% decrease from December 31, 2015. Net operating cash outflow was $30.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016 versus an outflow of $92.3 million for the same period in 2015.

Capitalization and Shareholders' Equity

At March 31, 2016, Endurance's shareholders' equity was $5.24 billion or $67.03 per diluted common share versus $5.12 billion or $65.48 per diluted common share at December 31, 2015. For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Endurance declared and paid common dividends of $0.38 per share.

Endurance today issued a notice to redeem on June 1, 2016 all 9,200,000 shares outstanding of its 7.50% Non-Cumulative Preferred Shares, Series B ("Series B Preferred Shares"). The Series B Preferred Shares will be redeemed at a redemption price of $25.00 per share together with an amount equal to any dividends that have been declared but not paid prior to June 1, 2016.

The notice to holders of the Series B Preferred Shares, specifying the terms, conditions and procedures for the redemption, is available through The Depository Trust Company and Endurance's redemption agent, Computershare Trust Company, N.A. and Computershare, Inc.

Earnings Call

Endurance will host a conference call on May 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its financial results. The conference call can be accessed via telephone by dialing (888) 455-2263 or (719) 785-1765 (international) and entering pass code: 664443. Those who intend to participate in the conference call should register at least ten minutes in advance to ensure access to the call. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through May 17, 2016 by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 (international) and entering the pass code: 664443.

The public may access a live broadcast of the conference call at the "Investor Relations" section of Endurance's website, www.endurance.bm. Following the live broadcast, an archived version will continue to be available on Endurance's website.

A copy of Endurance's financial supplement for the first quarter of 2016 will be available on Endurance's website at www.endurance.bm shortly after the release of earnings.

Operating income, operating return on average common equity, operating income per diluted common share, operating income allocated to common shareholders and the combined ratio excluding prior year net loss reserve development are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measures are included in the attached tables.

About Endurance Specialty Holdings
Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. is a global specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. Through its operating subsidiaries, Endurance writes agriculture, casualty and other specialty, professional lines and property, marine/energy and aviation lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty lines of reinsurance. We maintain excellent financial strength as evidenced by the ratings of A (Excellent) from A.M. Best (XV size category) and A (Strong) from Standard and Poor's on our principal operating subsidiaries. Endurance's headquarters are located at Waterloo House, 100 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda.  For more information about Endurance, please visit www.endurance.bm.

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All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or may be important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the effects of competitors' pricing policies, greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity, changes in market conditions in the agriculture insurance industry, termination of or changes in the terms of the U.S. multiple peril crop insurance program, a decreased demand for property and casualty insurance or reinsurance, changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage, our inability to renew business previously underwritten or acquired, our inability to maintain our applicable financial strength ratings, our inability to effectively integrate acquired operations, uncertainties in our reserving process, changes to our tax status, changes in insurance regulations, reduced acceptance of our existing or new products and services, a loss of business from and credit risk related to our broker counterparties, assessments for high risk or otherwise uninsured individuals, possible terrorism or the outbreak of war, a loss of key personnel, political conditions, changes in insurance regulation, changes in accounting policies, our investment performance, the valuation of our invested assets, a breach of our investment guidelines, the unavailability of capital in the future, developments in the world's financial and capital markets and our access to such markets, government intervention in the insurance and reinsurance industry, illiquidity in the credit markets, changes in general economic conditions and other factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015.

The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the risk factors included in Endurance's most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and other documents of Endurance on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made in this material are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by Endurance will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Endurance or its business or operations. Except as required by law, Endurance undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

The contents of any website referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference herein.



ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)

      March 31,   December 31,
      2016   2015
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,212,733     $ 1,177,750  
Fixed maturity investments, trading, at fair value 1,902,271     1,587,160  
Fixed maturity investments, available for sale, at fair value 4,261,560     4,359,019  
Short-term investments, trading, at fair value 121,740     394,111  
Short-term investments, available for sale, at fair value 25,481     25,685  
Equity securities, trading, at fair value 32,510     15,229  
Equity securities, available for sale, at fair value 551,968     513,585  
Other investments 799,123     872,617  
Premiums receivable, net 1,900,768     1,376,328  
Insurance and reinsurance balances receivable 103,848     102,403  
Deferred acquisition costs 321,654     255,501  
Prepaid reinsurance premiums 891,268     498,574  
Reinsurance recoverable on unpaid losses 935,593     907,944  
Reinsurance recoverable on paid losses 330,951     288,026  
Accrued investment income 29,556     30,213  
Goodwill and intangible assets 532,589     553,960  
Deferred tax asset 58,342     64,164  
Net receivable on sales of investments 61,006     31,873  
Other assets 209,225     187,383  
Total Assets $ 14,282,186     $ 13,241,525  
           
Liabilities      
Reserve for losses and loss expenses $ 4,458,189     $ 4,510,415  
Reserve for unearned premiums 2,565,405     1,789,148  
Deposit liabilities 13,112     13,674  
Reinsurance balances payable 855,257     661,213  
Debt 703,994     717,650  
Net payable on purchases of investments 120,009     63,442  
Deferred tax liability 16,532     17,315  
Other liabilities 308,072     344,596  
Total Liabilities 9,040,570   8,117,453
           
Shareholders' Equity      
Preferred shares      
  Series B, non-cumulative - 9,200,000 issued and outstanding (2015 - 9,200,000) 9,200     9,200  
  Series C, non-cumulative - 9,200 issued and outstanding (2015 - 9,200) 9     9  
Common shares      
  67,349,582 issued and outstanding (2015 - 66,797,991) 67,350     66,798  
Additional paid-in capital 2,146,171     2,145,836  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,172 )   (46,634 )
Retained earnings 2,761,799     2,681,053  
Total Shareholders' Equity Available to the Company 4,983,357   4,856,262
Non-controlling interests 258,259     267,810  
Total Shareholders' Equity 5,241,616     5,124,072  
           
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 14,282,186     $ 13,241,525  
           
Book Value per Common Share      
Dilutive common shares outstanding 67,486,787     67,136,986  
Diluted book value per common share [a] $ 67.03     $ 65.48  

Note: All financial information contained herein is unaudited, except the balance sheet data for the year ended December 31, 2015, which was derived from Endurance's audited financial statements.
[a] Excludes the $460.0 million liquidation value of the preferred shares.
ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)

    Quarter Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2016   2015
Revenues      
Gross premiums written $ 1,611,677     $ 1,301,432  
         
Net premiums written $ 938,842     $ 764,954  
Change in unearned premiums (385,651 )   (375,095 )
         
Net premiums earned 553,191   389,859
Other underwriting (loss) income (2,444 )   2,406  
Net investment income 11,181     41,861  
Net realized and unrealized gains 13,787     18,189  
Net impairment losses recognized in earnings (623 )   (649 )
Total revenues 575,092   451,666
         
Expenses      
Net losses and loss expenses 243,328     171,936  
Acquisition expenses 103,842     82,093  
General and administrative expenses 72,225     54,890  
Corporate expenses 11,771     12,268  
Amortization of intangibles 21,374     1,599  
Net foreign exchange (gains) losses (11,729 )   7,552  
Interest expense 10,870     9,059  
Total expenses 451,681   339,397
         
Income before income taxes 123,411   112,269
Income tax benefit (expense) 1,233     (3,790 )
Net income 124,644   108,479
         
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (9,063 )   -  
         
Net income available to the Company 115,581     108,479  
         
Preferred dividends (9,203 )   (8,188 )
         
Net income available to common and participating common shareholders $ 106,378     $ 100,291  
       
Per share data      
Basic earnings per common share $ 1.58     $ 2.24  
Diluted earnings per common share $ 1.58     $ 2.23  




ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

      Quarter Ended March 31, 2016  
      Insurance   Reinsurance   Reported Totals  
                 
  Revenues              
  Gross premiums written   $ 835,117     $ 776,560     $ 1,611,677    
  Ceded premiums written   (464,173 )   (208,662 )   (672,835 )  
  Net premiums written   370,944     567,898     938,842    
  Net premiums earned   219,569     333,622     553,191    
  Other underwriting loss   -     (2,444 )   (2,444 )  
  Total underwriting revenues   219,569     331,178     550,747    
                 
  Expenses              
  Net losses and loss expenses   127,803     115,525     243,328    
  Acquisition expenses   30,358     73,484     103,842    
  General and administrative expenses   38,429     33,796     72,225    
      196,590     222,805     419,395    
  Underwriting income   $ 22,979     $ 108,373     131,352    
                 
  Net investment income           11,181    
  Corporate expenses           (11,771 )  
  Interest expense           (10,870 )  
  Amortization of intangibles           (21,374 )  
  Net foreign exchange gains           11,729    
  Net realized and unrealized gains           13,787    
  Net impairment losses recognized in earnings           (623 )  
  Income before income taxes           $ 123,411    
                 
  Net loss ratio   58.2 %   34.7 %   43.9 %  
  Acquisition expense ratio   13.8 %   22.0 %   18.8 %  
  General and administrative expense ratio   17.5 %   10.1 %   15.2 % [a]
  Combined ratio   89.5 %   66.8 %   77.9 %  

[a] The total general and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.

ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars, except ratios)

      Quarter Ended March 31, 2015  
      Insurance   Reinsurance   Reported Totals  
                 
  Revenues              
  Gross premiums written   $ 736,218     $ 565,214     $ 1,301,432    
  Ceded premiums written   (432,179 )   (104,299 )   (536,478 )  
  Net premiums written   304,039     460,915     764,954    
  Net premiums earned   135,864     253,995     389,859    
  Other underwriting income   -     2,406     2,406    
  Total underwriting revenues   135,864     256,401     392,265    
                 
  Expenses              
  Net losses and loss expenses   74,512     97,424     171,936    
  Acquisition expenses   15,883     66,210     82,093    
  General and administrative expenses   28,842     26,048     54,890    
      119,237     189,682     308,919    
  Underwriting income   $ 16,627     $ 66,719     83,346    
                 
  Net investment income           41,861    
  Corporate expenses           (12,268 )  
  Interest expense           (9,059 )  
  Amortization of intangibles           (1,599 )  
  Net foreign exchange losses           (7,552 )  
  Net realized and unrealized gains           18,189    
  Net impairment losses recognized in earnings           (649 )  
  Income before income taxes           $ 112,269    
                 
  Net loss ratio   54.8 %   38.3 %   44.1 %  
  Acquisition expense ratio   11.7 %   26.1 %   21.1 %  
  General and administrative expense ratio   21.3 %   10.3 %   17.2 % [a]
  Combined ratio   87.8 %   74.7 %   82.4 %  

[a] The total general and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.



ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RATIOS

As Reported                          
                               
        Quarter Ended March 31,  
        Insurance   Reinsurance   Total  
        2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015  
                               
  Net loss ratio   58.2 %   54.8 %   34.7 %   38.3 %   43.9 %   44.1 %  
  Acquisition expense ratio   13.8 %   11.7 %   22.0 %   26.1 %   18.8 %   21.1 %  
  General and administrative expense ratio   17.5 %   21.3 %   10.1 %   10.3 %   15.2 % [a] 17.2 % [a]
  Combined ratio [b]   89.5 %   87.8 %   66.8 %   74.7 %   77.9 %   82.4 %  
                               
Effect of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development                  
                               
Favorable / (Unfavorable)                          
                               
        Quarter Ended March 31,  
        Insurance   Reinsurance   Total  
        2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015  
                               
  Net loss ratio   10.6 %   15.2 %   11.4 %   14.4 %   11.0 %   14.7 %  
                               
Net of Prior Year Net Loss Reserve Development                  
                               
        Quarter Ended March 31,  
        Insurance   Reinsurance   Total  
        2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015  
                               
  Net loss ratio   68.8 %   70.0 %   46.1 %   52.7 %   54.9 %   58.8 %  
  Acquisition expense ratio   13.8 %   11.7 %   22.0 %   26.1 %   18.8 %   21.1 %  
  General and administrative expense ratio   17.5 %   21.3 %   10.1 %   10.3 %   15.2 % [a] 17.2 % [a]
  Combined ratio [b]   100.1 %   103.0 %   78.2 %   89.1 %   88.9 %   97.1 %  
                               
[a] The total general and administrative expense ratio includes general and administrative expenses and corporate expenses.  
[b] The combined ratio is the sum of the net loss, acquisition expense and general and administrative expense ratios, and the total combined ratio includes corporate expenses. Endurance presents the combined ratio as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information. The combined ratio, excluding prior year net loss reserve development, enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze Endurance's results of underwriting activities in a manner similar to how management analyzes Endurance's underlying business performance. The combined ratio, net of prior year net loss reserve development, should not be viewed as a substitute for the combined ratio.  
     




ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
GROSS AND NET PREMIUMS WRITTEN BY SEGMENT
(in thousands of United States dollars)

The following tables show Endurance's gross and net premiums written for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 and 2015:

    Quarter Ended   Quarter Ended
    March 31, 2016   March 31, 2015
    Gross Premiums Written   Net Premiums Written   Gross Premiums Written   Net Premiums Written
Insurance              
  Agriculture $ 496,216     $ 208,627     $ 516,916     $ 202,460  
  Casualty and other specialty 138,255     63,497     100,682     45,058  
  Professional lines 77,415     43,334     54,760     24,231  
  Property, marine/energy and
aviation
123,231     55,486     63,860     32,290  
  Subtotal Insurance $ 835,117     $ 370,944     $ 736,218     $ 304,039  
                 
Reinsurance              
  Catastrophe $ 200,830     $ 88,868     $ 124,407     $ 53,460  
  Property 156,466     150,056     125,700     123,449  
  Casualty 98,720     98,719     58,098     58,098  
  Professional lines 48,549     48,220     43,857     43,857  
  Specialty 271,995     182,035     213,152     182,051  
  Subtotal Reinsurance $ 776,560     $ 567,898     $ 565,214     $ 460,915  
                 
Total $ 1,611,677     $ 938,842     $ 1,301,432     $ 764,954  




ENDURANCE SPECIALTY HOLDINGS LTD.
RECONCILIATIONS
(in thousands of United States dollars, except share, per share amounts and ratios)

The following is a reconciliation of Endurance's net income, net income per basic or diluted common share, net income allocated to common shareholders under the two-class method and annualized return on average common equity to operating income, operating income per basic or diluted common share, operating income allocated to common shareholders under the two-class method and annualized operating return on average common equity (all non-GAAP measures) for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 and 2015:

    Quarter Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015
Net income available to the Company $ 115,581     $ 108,479  
(Less) add after-tax items:      
  Net foreign exchange (gains) losses (9,706 )   7,574  
  Net realized and unrealized gains (12,802 )   (17,314 )
  Net impairment losses recognized in earnings 553     649  
Operating income before preferred dividends $ 93,626     $ 99,388  
  Preferred dividends (9,203 )   (8,188 )
Operating income allocated to common and      
  participating common shareholders $ 84,423     $ 91,200  
         
Operating income allocated to common      
  shareholders under the two-class method $ 82,525     $ 88,509  
         
Weighted average diluted common shares 65,696,522     43,696,311  
         
Operating income per diluted common share [b] $ 1.26     $ 2.03  
         
Average common equity [a] $ 4,459,810     $ 2,800,014  
         
Operating return on average common equity 1.9 %   3.3 %
         
Annualized operating return on average common equity 7.6 %   13.0 %
         
Net income available to the Company $ 115,581     $ 108,479  
  Preferred dividends (9,203 )   (8,188 )
Net income available to common and      
  participating common shareholders $ 106,378     $ 100,291  
         
Net income allocated to common shareholders      
  under the two-class method $ 103,986     $ 97,332  
         
Net income per diluted common share [b] $ 1.58     $ 2.23  
         
Return on average common equity, Net income 2.4 %   3.6 %
       
Annualized return on average common equity, Net income 9.5 %   14.3 %

[a] Average common equity is calculated as the quarterly weighted average of the beginning and ending common equity balances for the stated period, which excludes the $460.0 million (March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 - $430.0 million) liquidation value of the preferred shares.
[b] Represents diluted income per share calculated under the two-class method which was the lower of the treasury stock method and the two-class method.



Operating income and operating income per basic or diluted common share are internal performance measures used by Endurance in the management of its operations. Operating income allocated to common shareholders (excludes unvested restricted shares outstanding which are considered participating) per diluted common share represents operating income divided by weighted average dilutive common shares, which has been calculated in accordance with the two-class method under U.S. GAAP. Operating income represents after-tax operational results excluding, as applicable, after-tax net realized and unrealized capital gains or losses and after-tax net foreign exchange gains or losses because the amount of these gains or losses is heavily influenced by, and fluctuates in part, according to the availability of market opportunities. Endurance believes these amounts are largely independent of its business and underwriting process and including them distorts the analysis of trends in its operations. In addition to presenting net income and net income per dilutive common share determined in accordance with the two-class method under GAAP, Endurance believes that showing operating income and operating income per dilutive common share enables investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information to more easily analyze Endurance's results of operations in a manner similar to that used by management to analyze the Company's underlying business performance. Operating income and operating income per dilutive common share should not be viewed as substitutes for GAAP net income and net income per dilutive common share, respectively.

Endurance presents return on equity as a measure that is commonly recognized as a standard of performance by investors, analysts, rating agencies and other users of its financial information.

Contact:
Investor Relations
Phone: +1 441 278 0988
Email: investorrelations@endurance.bm

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