Endurance Announces Completion of 8 Million Share Block Trade by Initial Investors

May 10, 2005, Permbroke, Bermuda - Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH) today announced the completion of the sale by two of its initial investors, Texas Pacific Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners, of 8 million ordinary shares in a block trade.

Goldman Sachs & Co. purchased the ordinary shares from Texas Pacific Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners and subsequently sold the ordinary shares to public investors. The ordinary shares were sold under Endurance's Form S-3 shelf registration statement and represented approximately 13% of the ordinary shares outstanding. Texas Pacific Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners each retain approximately 3.9 million ordinary shares. All of Endurance's initial investors now own a total of approximately 32% of Endurance's ordinary shares.

Endurance did not sell or purchase any ordinary shares through Goldman, Sachs & Co. Texas Pacific Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners received all of the net proceeds from the sale.

A complete description of the terms of the sale of Endurance's ordinary shares can be found in the prospectus supplement relating to the sale, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Endurance Specialty Holdings
Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. is a global provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance. Through its operating subsidiaries, Endurance currently writes property per risk treaty reinsurance, property catastrophe reinsurance, casualty treaty reinsurance, property individual risks, casualty individual risks, and other specialty lines. Endurance's operating subsidiaries have been assigned a group rating of A (Excellent) from A.M. Best, A2 by Moody's and A- from Standard & Poor's. Endurance's headquarters are located at Wellesley House, 90 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke HM 08, Bermuda and its mailing address is Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., Suite No. 784, No. 48 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11, Bermuda. For more information about Endurance, please visit http://www.endurance.bm.

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