HCC Surety Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("HCC"). HCC is an international insurance holding company and a leading specialty insurance group operating from offices in the USA, Bermuda, England, Ireland and Spain. HCC's philosophy is the long term growth of shareholders' equity through capital preservation, diversification of operations and conservative investments. HCC has achieved an outstanding record of growth and profitability since its formation in 1974, through creative but disciplined underwriting, opportunistic expansion of existing lines of business, acquisitions and strategic investments. HCC's operations consist of underwriting agencies; intermediaries; and life, property and casualty insurance companies which are rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and AA (Very Strong) by Standard & Poor's. HCC specializes in diversified financial products; group life; accident & health; general aviation; property; marine and energy; and other specialty insurance. With common stock trading on the NYSE (symbol: HCC) and a market capitalization of more than $3.0 billion, the Company is well positioned for continued success.