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Argo Group Announces Redemption of PXRE Capital Trust III Debt Securities

Monday, October 08, 2012

Argo Group Announces Redemption of PXRE Capital Trust III Debt Securities16:00 EDT Monday, October 08, 2012 HAMILTON, Bermuda (Business Wire) -- Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII) announced today that it has given notice of redemption to the trustee of its 9.75% PXRE Capital Trust III $15,464,000 Junior Subordinated Debt Securities. The Debt Securities will be redeemed on November 23, 2012 at a redemption price equal to 100.975% of its principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date. Interest on the Debt Securities will cease to accrue on and after the redemption date. ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (third highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook, and Argo's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at www.argolimited.com. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may differ materially from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.Matt Coyle, 617-235-6147VP, Investor Relations and Assistant Treasurer