Swiss Re provides details of its overall net exposure to Lehman Brothers and AIG

17 September 2008, Zurich

Swiss Re estimates its overall net exposure to Lehman Brothers at approximately CHF 50 million and to American International Group (AIG) at approximately CHF 200 million.

Swiss Re is providing this information in light of the recent unprecedented events in the global financial markets and the questions it has been receiving from stakeholders regarding its exposure to Lehman and AIG.

Swiss Re estimates its exposure to the Lehman Brothers Group at approximately CHF 50 million.

Swiss Re acts as a reinsurer to the AIG Group companies and has invested in various securities issued by AIG. Overnight, the Federal Reserve Board announced that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is extending a liquidity facility of up to USD 85 billion to AIG. Swiss Re estimates its exposure (excluding reinsurance) to AIG at approximately CHF 200 million.

These figures include, in both cases, investments, net purchases or sales of CDS protection as well as credit reinsurance, portfolio CDS, and any other counterparty exposure as of 15 September 2008.

The AIG figures above exclude amounts due to and from Swiss Re under existing reinsurance arrangements with the regulated legal entities.

Notes to editors

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Swiss Re is a leading and highly diversified global reinsurer. The company operates through offices in more than 25 countries. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re offers financial services products that enable risk-taking essential to enterprise and progress. The company's traditional reinsurance products and related services for property and casualty, as well as the life and health business are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management. Swiss Re is rated "AA-" by Standard, Poor's, "Aa2" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.

Cautionary note on forward-looking statements

Swiss Re provides details of its overall net exposure to Lehman Brothers and AIG Certain statements and illustrations contained herein are forward-looking. These statements and illustrations provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to a historical fact or current fact. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "anticipate", "assume", "believe", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "foresee", "intend", "may increase" and "may fluctuate" and similar expressions or by future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would" and "could". These forwardlooking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause Swiss Re‘s actual results, performance, achievements or prospects to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or prospects expressed or implied by such statements. Such factors include, among others:

  • changes in global economic conditions and the risk of a global economic downturn;
  • direct and indirect impact of continuing deterioration in the credit markets, and further adverse rating actions by credit rating agencies in respect of structured credit products or other credit-related exposures and of monoline insurance companies;
  • the occurrence of other unanticipated market developments or trends;
  • the ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and access to capital markets;
  • the cyclicality of the reinsurance industry;
  • uncertainties in estimating reserves;
  • the effect of market conditions, including the global equity and credit markets, and the level and volatility of equity prices, interest rates, currency values and other market indices;
  • changes in Swiss Re's investment results;
  • uncertainties in valuing credit default swaps and other credit-related instruments;
  • the frequency, severity and development of insured claim events;
  • acts of terrorism and acts of war;
  • mortality and morbidity experience;
  • policy renewal and lapse rates;
  • changes in rating agency policies or practices;
  • the lowering or loss of one of the financial or claims-paying ratings of one or more of Swiss Re's subsidiaries;
  • political risks in the countries in which Swiss Re operates or in which it insures risks;
  • extraordinary events affecting Swiss Re's clients and other counterparties, such as bankruptcies, liquidations and other credit-related events;
  • risks associated with implementing Swiss Re's business strategies;
  • the impact of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory and legal actions;
  • the impact of significant investments, acquisitions or dispositions, and any delays, unexpected costs or other issues experienced in connection with any such transactions, including, in the case of acquisitions, issues arising in connection with integrating acquired operations;
  • changing levels of competition; and
  • operational factors, including the efficacy of risk management and other internal procedures in managing the foregoing risks.

These factors are not exhaustive. Swiss Re operates in a continually changing environment and new risks emerge continually. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Swiss Re undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.