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Essent Group Ltd. Provides Guidance on Capital Position Under PMIERs 2.0

09/28/2018

HAMILTON, Bermuda--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Essent Group Ltd. (NYSE: ESNT), the parent company of Essent Guaranty, Inc., today provided guidance on its capital position under the revised Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements (PMIERs 2.0) released by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs), and the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) on September 27, 2018.

As previously disclosed, as of June 30, 2018, based on PMIERs 1.0, Essent Guaranty, Inc.’s Available Assets exceeded Minimum Required Assets by $387 million. If PMIERs 2.0 had been in effect as of June 30, 2018, Essent Guaranty’s excess of Available Assets over Minimum Required Assets would be substantially unchanged from the amount computed under PMIERs 1.0.

The GSEs and FHFA have indicated that the PMIERs 2.0 framework will take effect on March 31, 2019. Essent expects to remain in full compliance with the existing and revised PMIERs, as applicable, prior to and after March 31, 2019.

Forward-Looking Statements

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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.

Source: Essent Group Ltd.

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