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30 Woodbourne Avenue

Hamilton, HM 08

Bermuda

Phone: 441-279-5700

Fax: 441-279-5701

Assured Guaranty Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides credit protection products to the United States (U.S.) and international public finance (including infrastructure) and structured finance markets. The company markets its financial guaranty insurance directly to issuers and underwriters of public finance and structured finance securities, as well as to investors in such obligations. The company guarantees obligations issued principally in the U.S. and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and also guarantees obligations issued in other countries and regions, including Australia and Western Europe. Subsidiaries The company conducts its financial guaranty business on a direct basis from various companies, such as Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. (AGM); Municipal Assurance Corp. (MAC); Assured Guaranty Corp. (AGC); and Assured Guaranty (Europe) Ltd. (AGE). It also conducts business through Assured Guaranty Re Ltd. (AG Re), a Bermuda-based reinsurer. AGM: AGM provides financial guaranty insurance on debt obligations issued in the U.S. public finance and global infrastructure markets, including bonds issued by the U.S. state or governmental authorities or notes issued to finance infrastructure projects. MAC: MAC offers insurance and reinsurance on bonds issued by the U.S. state or municipal governmental authorities, focusing on investment grade obligations in select sectors of the municipal market. AGC: AGC provides insurance and reinsurance on debt obligations in the global structured finance market and also offers guarantees on obligations in the U.S. public finance and international infrastructure markets. AGE: AGE is a U.K. incorporated company licensed as a U.K. insurance company and authorized to operate in various countries throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). AGE offers financial guarantees in both the international public finance and structured finance markets and is the primary entity from which the company writes business in the EEA. AG Re: AG Re is licensed as a Class 3B insurer under the Insurance Act 1978 and related regulations of Bermuda. AG Re owns, indirectly, Assured Guaranty Re Overseas Ltd. (AGRO), which is a Bermuda Class 3A and Class C insurer. AG Re and AGRO underwrite financial guaranty reinsurance. They write business as reinsurers of third-party primary insurers and of certain affiliated companies. Financial Guaranty Portfolio The company primarily conducts its business through subsidiaries located in the U.S., Europe, and Bermuda. The company generally insures obligations issued in the U.S., although it has also guaranteed securities issued in Europe, Australia, and other international markets. Financial guaranty insurance generally provides an unconditional and irrevocable guaranty that protects the holder of a debt instrument or other monetary obligation against non-payment of scheduled principal and interest payments when due As an alternative to traditional financial guaranty insurance, the company also provides credit protection relating to a particular security or obligor through a credit derivative contract, such as a credit default swap (CDS). The company also offers credit protection through reinsurance. The company's financial guaranty direct and assumed businesses provide credit protection on public finance, infrastructure and structured finance obligations. U.S. Public Finance Obligations The company insures and reinsures different types of the U.S. public finance obligations. General Obligation Bonds are full faith and credit bonds that are issued by states, their political subdivisions and other municipal issuers, and are supported by the general obligation of the issuer to pay from available funds and by a pledge of the issuer to levy ad valorem taxes in an amount sufficient to provide for the full payment of the bonds. Tax-Backed Bonds are obligations that are supported by the issuer from specific and discrete sources of taxation. They include tax-backed revenue bonds, general fund obligations and lease revenue bonds. Tax-backed obligations may be secured by a lien on specific pledged tax revenues, such as a gasoline or excise tax,

 

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