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Endurance Provides Initial Loss Estimate from Second Quarter 2013 Natural Catastrophes

PEMBROKE, Bermuda - July 17, 2013 - Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH) today announced its initial loss estimate related to several natural catastrophes that occurred in the second quarter of 2013, including flooding in Canada and Europe and various tornadoes occurring in the United States.  Endurance estimates that its collective loss from these events will be $47.4 million, pre-tax and net of reinsurance and reinstatement premium.  The flooding in Europe is the largest single event, representing approximately 50% of the total estimated aggregate loss. 
Endurance's loss estimate is preliminary and is largely derived from the utilization of proprietary catastrophe modeling, standard industry models, an in-depth review of in-force contracts or initial indications from clients and brokers.  Endurance's actual losses from these events may ultimately differ materially from the initial estimated losses due to nature of the risks assumed, the complexity of the assessment of damages and the limited number of reported claims received to date.

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 lines of insurance and catastrophe, property, casualty, and other 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 Wellesley House, 90 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

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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 from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are not limited to, developments in the world's financial and capital markets that could adversely affect the performance of Endurance's investment portfolio or access to capital, changes in the composition of Endurance's investment portfolio, competition, possible terrorism or the outbreak of war, the frequency or severity of unpredictable catastrophic events, changes in demand for insurance or reinsurance, rating agency actions, uncertainties in our reserving process, a change in our tax status, acceptance of our products, the availability of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage, retention of key personnel, political conditions, the impact of current regulatory investigations, changes in accounting policies, changes in general economic conditions and other factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.  In addition, the initial loss estimate relating to the second quarter natural catastrophes is subject to adjustments, which may be material, as Endurance receives actual loss data from its clients.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation publicly to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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