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Allied World Proposes Increase in Quarterly Dividend

Friday, March 08, 2013

Allied World Proposes Increase in Quarterly Dividend09:00 EST Friday, March 08, 2013ZUG, Switzerland, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today that in its recently filed Preliminary Proxy Statement the company's Board of Directors has proposed an increase in its quarterly dividend from $0.375 to $0.50 per share.  The company's dividend payments will be made from general legal reserve from capital contributions and will be paid in U.S. dollars. This proposed increase in the quarterly dividend is subject to approval by the company's shareholders at the Allied World 2013 Annual Shareholder Meeting to be held on May 2, 2013. About Allied World Assurance CompanyAllied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries and brand known as Allied World, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions.  Allied World offers superior client service through a global network of offices and branches. All of Allied World's rated insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A by A.M. Best Company, A by Standard & Poor's, and A2 by Moody's, and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch. Please visit the following for further information on Allied World: Web: www.awac.com| Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alliedworld | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/Allied-World-Assurance|Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsAny forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements.  For example, our forward-looking statements could be affected by pricing and policy term trends; increased competition; the impact of acts of terrorism and acts of war; greater frequency or severity of unpredictable catastrophic events; negative rating agency actions; the adequacy of our loss reserves; the company or its subsidiaries becoming subject to significant income taxes in the United States or elsewhere; changes in regulations or tax laws; changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage; adverse general economic conditions; and judicial, legislative, political and other governmental developments, as well as management's response to these factors, and other factors identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We are under no obligation (and expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.Website: www.awac.com SOURCE Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AGFor further information: Media: Noelle Campbell, Manager, Corporate Communications, +1-646-794-0544, noelle.campbell@awacservices.com, OR Faye Cook, Vice President, Marketing & Communications+1-441-278-5406, faye.cook@awac.com; Investors: Keith J. Lennox, Investor Relations Officer, +1-646-794-0750, keith.lennox@awac.com