The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2015.
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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Galileo Re Ltd. Series 2016-1 Notes on Behalf of XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd.
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of three classes of Series 2016-1 Notes, with an aggregate principal amount of USD 300,000,000 through the existing catastrophe bond shelf program, Galileo Re Ltd., to benefit XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd. and certain of its insurance and reinsurance affiliates and related entities (XL Catlin). This is the first time that XL Catlin has utilized the 144A cat bond market since XL Group plc’s (XL) acquisition of Catlin Group Limited (Catlin).
Pricing dynamics in the fourth quarter of 2015 were mixed, with bonds trading in different directions based on the risk level, peril exposure and relative market size rather than the market shifting categorically in one direction across all names. The typical fourth quarter “Dead Cat” market (in which bonds prior to their scheduled redemption date that have little to no remaining modeled risk exposure are still paying their full scheduled coupon) was active. Notably however, the required return for Dead Cat liquidity providers in the fourth quarter of 2015 averaged 255 basis points per annum, whereas in the fourth quarter of 2014 the required return was averaged closer to 220 basis points.
The private market saw 20 private cat bond transactions in 2015 representing USD 903.94 million of risk capital transferred to capital market investors.
Three 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bonds were scheduled to mature in the fourth quarter, representing USD 595 million of risk capital being returned to investors. Of the USD 595 million, USD 100 million of MultiCat Mexico Limited Class C Notes have been extended past the scheduled redemption date of December 4, 2015 as a result of Hurricane Patricia’s impact on the Pacific coast of Mexico in late October 2015. The Class C Notes, which are parametrically triggered based on central pressure observed or interpolated on or within a defined area, are currently awaiting the release of the National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Cyclone Report in order to determine the principal reduction for the Class C Notes. However, the Class A and Class B Notes from MultiCat Mexico Limited did mature at their scheduled redemption date of December 4, 2015.
Everest Re successfully issued two tranches of Kilimanjaro Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes representing an aggregate principal amount of USD 625 million. The catastrophe bonds provide Everest Re Group, Ltd. with protection against U.S. earthquake and named storm events on a per-occurrence, PCS-reported industry insured index-derived basis. The Class D Notes carry a one-year expected loss of 5.25 percent, based on AIR’s WSST catalog and investors receive an initial interest spread of 9.25 percent per annum (initial price guidance was quoted as 9.00 percent to 9.75 percent). The Class E Notes carry a one-year expected loss of 3.00 percent, based on AIR’s WSST catalog, with investors receiving an initial interest spread of 6.75 percent per annum (initial price guidance was quoted as 6.50 percent to 7.00 percent). The Series 2015-1 Notes represent the third time Everest Re has accessed the capital markets since 2014 with USD 1.575 billion aggregate limit currently outstanding.
After 2015 began with record historical issuance levels in the first quarter, the fourth quarter of 2015 was dramatically different as only USD 1.425 billion of 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bonds benefiting five sponsors were completed. This represented the second lowest level since 2005 and the lowest level since 2009. One explanation for this development may be that sponsors who would ordinarily have been willing to issue in the fourth quarter of the calendar year may have had the flexibility to delay their issuance to the following first quarter in order to obtain best execution and/or avoid transaction crowding. We view sponsors’ willingness to focus on best execution rather than specific renewal dates (while still important for overall capital planning purposes) as a further sign of the maturity of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space. The ILS space is perceived as performing in a manner similar to the broader capital markets with their availability of capital throughout the calendar year.
144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond primary issuance levels were uncharacteristically low in the fourth quarter with an aggregate notional of USD 1.425 billion of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds issued benefiting five sponsors. The 2015 full year primary issuance of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds totaled USD 5.917 billion from 25 transactions benefiting 24 sponsors. 144A P&C risk capital outstanding as of December 31, 2015 totaled USD 22.640 billion, which is 0.56 percent lower than 2014’s all-time high in the 144A P&C catastrophe bond market.
GC Securities* Report Shows Moderated Catastrophe Bond Activity, Mixed Pricing Levels at Year-End 2015
GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today released a briefing of catastrophe bond activity for the fourth quarter and full year analysis of 2015. According to GC Securities, although 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond primary issuance levels were charted as uncharacteristically low in the fourth quarter, totals at year-end were only slightly lower than the all-time high levels seen in 2014, with 2015 issuance totaling USD 5.917 billion, and outstanding risk capital totaling USD 22.640 billion, as of December 31, 2015.
From one of GC Capital Ideas’ more popular categories, we highlight the top Chart Room stories viewed during the year of 2015:
1. Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.
2. Q1 Cat Bond Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: Chart presents the 144A P&C catastrophe bond issuance from 1998 through the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter is particularly active in terms of issuance for the P&C cat bond market and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C cat bond limit was successfully placed with investors, the highest first quarter volume in history.
3. Return On Equity For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q1 2015: Chart presents return on equity for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through first quarter 2015.
4. Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q3 2015: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through third quarter 2015.
5. Private Cat Bond Market, First Half, 2015: Chart shows the private catastrophe bond market with USD 753.1 million of limit placed in rule 4(2) private placement format via fifteen transactions in the first six months of 2015. The 2015 year-to-date volume exceeded total full-year issuance in 2014 of USD 561.5 million.
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