A.M. Best Assigns Rating to Subordinated Notes to be issued by Hannover Finance (Luxembourg) S.A and Guaranteed by Hannover Re

  A.M. Best Assigns Rating to Subordinated Notes to be issued by Hannover
  Finance (Luxembourg) S.A and Guaranteed by Hannover Re AG

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LONDON -- November 13, 2012

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has assigned a debt rating of “a+”
to the proposed subordinated fixed to floating rate notes due 2043 to be
issued by Hannover Finance (Luxembourg) S.A (Luxembourg) and irrevocably
guaranteed on a subordinated basis by Hannover Rückversicherung AG (Hannover
Re) (Germany). The assigned outlook is stable.

A.M. Best expects that the proceeds from the debt offering will be used for
general business purposes. The subordinated fixed to floating rate notes will
pay a fixed annual coupon until 30 June 2023, when the interest rate will
convert to a floating rate based on a three-month Euro Interbank Offered Rate,
plus a margin (including a 100bp step-up). Financial and debt leverage ratios
are expected to remain within A.M. Best’s tolerance levels.

The methodology used in determining these ratings is Best’s Credit Rating
Methodology, which provides a comprehensive explanation of A.M. Best’s rating
process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating
process. Key criteria utilised include “Insurance Holding Company and Debt
Ratings”. Best’s Credit Rating Methodology can be found at
www.ambest.com/ratings/methodology.

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Disclosure.

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