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Essent Group Ltd. Announces Closing of $424.4 Million Reinsurance Transaction and Related Mortgage Insurance-Linked Notes Offering

03/23/2018

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Essent Guaranty, Inc., has obtained $424.4 million of fully collateralized excess of loss reinsurance coverage on mortgage insurance policies written by Essent in 2017 from Radnor Re 2018-1 Ltd., a newly formed Bermuda special purpose insurer. Radnor Re is not a subsidiary or an affiliate of Essent Group Ltd.

Radnor Re 2018-1 Ltd. has funded its reinsurance obligations through the issuance of three classes of mortgage insurance-linked notes with 10-year legal maturities, to eligible third party capital markets investors in an unregistered private offering. The senior M-1 class notes have received a rating of BBB from Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC.

“We are very excited to announce the closing of our inaugural credit risk transfer transaction,” said Mark Casale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction is a significant milestone for our company, as it expands our capital sources while also providing a layer of protection against adverse credit losses. Additionally, we believe that a transaction like this strengthens our mortgage insurance franchise and enhances the role that Essent plays in supporting a strong and robust U.S. housing finance system.”

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About the Company

Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT) is a Bermuda-based holding company (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Essent”) which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Essent Guaranty, Inc., offers private mortgage insurance for single-family mortgage loans in the United States. Essent provides private capital to mitigate mortgage credit risk, allowing lenders to make additional mortgage financing available to prospective homeowners. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Essent Guaranty, Inc. is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and is approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Essent also offers mortgage-related insurance, reinsurance and advisory services through its Bermuda-based subsidiary, Essent Reinsurance Ltd. Additional information regarding Essent may be found at www.essentgroup.com and www.essent.us.

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