November 29th, 2011

Catastrophe Bond Demand Remains Robust during Third Quarter 2011, Finds GC Securities*

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The third quarter of 2011 was one of the most active on record for the catastrophe bond market, according to a new update from GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC, a provider of investment banking services to the re/insurance industry and affiliate of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC.

Three catastrophe bond transactions totaling USD512 million were completed during the third quarter, none of which contained exposure to U.S. hurricane peril. Excluding quarters in which there was no cat bond issuance, this is the first quarter since 2002 in which there was no transfer of U.S. hurricane risk.

At the conclusion of the third quarter, total 144A issuance for the 2011 calendar year stood at USD2.12 billion, below the 2010 three-quarter mark of USD2.58 billion. However, a substantial transaction pipeline exists for Q4 2011 and into the first half of 2012. Depending on how much of the pipeline converts to actual transactions and when these transactions come to market, it is reasonable to expect total issuance for 2011 to fall between USD3.5 billion and USD4.5 billion.

Additional findings and analysis of recent cat bond transaction activity, including cat bond redemptions, industry loss warranties, market dynamics and the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 are summarized in Cat Bond Update: Third Quarter 2011.

Bill Kennedy, CEO of Global Analytics and Advisory, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, said, “Our findings show that the cat bond market responded quickly to investor demand for investment opportunities, particularly for diversifying peril transactions. Demand for additional cat bond issuance remains robust.”

Chi Hum, Global Head of Distribution, GC Securities, added, “Continued volatility in the broader financial markets and comparatively attractive returns are driving net new inflows to the sector, helping to sustain the capital markets as a consistent, complementary source of capacity to the traditional reinsurance market.”

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* Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. Bill Kennedy and Chi Hum are registered representatives of MMC Securities Corp.

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