The private catastrophe bond market continues to grow steadily in 2015, with USD196.7 million of limit placed in rule 4(2) private placement format via six transactions through March 31, 2015. The 2015 year-to-date volume (through March 31, 2015) has exceeded the total full-year issuance in the individual years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Total year-end issuance in 2014 was USD561.5 million across 17 transactions. As the industry continues to develop and enhance platforms to facilitate issuance of smaller catastrophe bonds, it is likely the market will continue to see further issuance in such a format over 2015.
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In a promising sign for the 144A P&C catastrophe bond market, one new issuer successfully obtained capital markets protection during the first quarter. Safepoint Insurance Company, seeking to establish long-term relationships with alternative capital providers, issued USD100 million of Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes via a newly established catastrophe bond shelf program, Manatee Re Ltd. Series 2015-1. As the deal upsized from USD75 million, the insurance-linked securities investor base accommodated the growing Florida insurer, clearly demonstrating investors’ willingness to assume risk from start-up and/or growing insurance companies seeking protection in 144A bond format.
Six repeat sponsors re-entered the market in the three months ending March 31, each issuing either replacement coverage or additional limit in advance of the North Atlantic wind season. Many of the repeat sponsors sought to continue to take advantage of attractive pricing as demonstrated by Catlin’s Galileo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes. This particular transaction was Catlin’s second catastrophe bond issuance through the Galileo Re Ltd. catastrophe bond facility and fifth overall 144A catastrophe bond issuance, with the 2015-1 tranche sitting below the outstanding Series 2013-1 layer. The 2015-1 Notes demonstrate that investors continue to show an interest in high risk/higher yielding products as the initial risk interest spread on the Galileo Re Series 2015-1 Notes is 13.50 percent with a modeled annual expected loss of 8.60 percent on a sensitivity basis - based on AIR risk analysis.
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.
Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions:
Guillermo Franco, Head of Catastrophe Risk Research - EMEA
Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.
GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Alamo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for the State of Texas’s Windpool
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD 700,000,000, through the existing catastrophe bond shelf program, Alamo Re Ltd., to benefit the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). This is the largest 144A catastrophe bond completed to date in 2015 and the second time that TWIA has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.
GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Cranberry Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for the State of Massachusetts’s Residual Market Insurer
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of Series 2015-1 Class A Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes due July 6, 2018, with notional principal of USD 300,000,000, through a newly formed catastrophe bond shelf program, Cranberry Re Ltd., to benefit the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA).
GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Pelican III Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal at $100,000,000, through a newly formed Bermuda domiciled catastrophe bond shelf program, Pelican III Re Ltd., to benefit Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (”LA Citizens”). This is the third time that LA Citizens has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.