Fourth quarter activity began on October 15, 2013 with AXA returning to the catastrophe bond market to issue Calypso II. At the end of October, Catlin issued Galileo Re, their first transaction since 2008. November saw no sponsors come to market. Then there was a flurry of activity in December starting with USAA and AIG both returning to the market for a second time in 2013 with Residential Re 2013-2 and Tradewynd Re 2013-2, respectively. Residential Re 2013-2 Class 1 Notes carried an expected loss of 14.23 percent, making it the second riskiest tranche issued of all time in the 144A catastrophe bond market (the riskiest being Successor I Class B-II issued in 2008 benefiting Swiss Re with an expected loss of 14.73 percent).
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Influence from direct capital markets’ participation in reinsurance programs, coupled with catastrophic insured losses well below historical averages in 2013, put significant pressure on global catastrophic reinsurance pricing. As a result of significantly reduced pricing (relative to recent years), approximately USD7.1 billion worth of new property/casualty (P&C) catastrophe bonds were issued in 2013 - the second largest record year for P&C issuance. The year included seven new sponsors - American Coastal, American Modern, AXIS Capital, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), QBE, Renaissance Re and the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool - who collectively secured USD1.46 billion of catastrophe bond capacity. In addition to new sponsors, another prevalent change in the market was the increasing use and acceptance of indemnity-based triggers. Given that spreads have tightened between indemnity and other trigger types, sponsors were inclined to take advantage of investors’ openness to indemnity triggers to reduce coverage basis risk without a material increase in pricing relative to non-indemnity trigger pricing.
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA/SIPC, today released an analysis of activity and trends within the catastrophe risk market from the fourth quarter of 2013, also including the outlook for 2014. According to the report, influence from direct capital markets’ participation in reinsurance programs, coupled with catastrophic insured losses well below historical averages in 2013, put significant pressure on global catastrophic reinsurance pricing. As a result of significantly reduced pricing, relative to recent years, approximately $7.1 billion worth of new property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bonds were issued in 2013 - the second highest record year for P&C issuance.
The impact the capital markets have had on the property catastrophe reinsurance space is undeniable. Analyzing 2013 market activity, it is also undeniable that much of the movement the market witnessed is as much driven by traditional reinsurers’ changing behaviors. While companies buying catastrophe coverage benefitted, across product type and geography, from collateralized capacity in the market, deployment of this capacity has been targeted.
The evolution of dedicated sector capital is presented below. Guy Carpenter estimates this rose marginally in 2013 to USD322 billion at year-end as underwriting profits from low catastrophe claims and covergence capital inflows offset unrealized losses, sustained share buybacks and dividend payments.
Options include maintaining the status quo, returning capital to shareholders and investing in a growth/diversification strategy, either organically or by seeking mergers and acquisitions (M&A) opportunities.