Press Release - MARCH 08, 2017

A.M. Best Removes From Under Review and Upgrades Issuer Credit Rating of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc.


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OLDWICK - MARCH 08, 2017
A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “bb+” from “bb” of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. (EFH) [TSX: EFH] (Mississauga, Ontario), following the recent announcement that EFH has completed the sale of its subsidiary, Qudos Insurance A/S, a vehicle that writes non-standard auto and program business primarily in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Denmark. The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is stable.

The close of the transaction and divestiture of its holdings in overseas markets will allow EFH’s management to refocus efforts on its Canadian operating subsidiaries, Echelon Insurance (Echelon) and The Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island (ICPEI), to improve their core businesses lines in Canada. In addition, proceeds from the transaction will be allocated to improve risk-adjusted capital positions of each operating entity as needed. On June 23, 2016, A.M. Best affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” of Echelon, as well as the FSR of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term ICR of “bbb” of ICPEI (see related press release). The ratings of Echelon and ICPEI remain unchanged at this time.

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