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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Bosphorus Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes Benefiting the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD 100,000,000, through the newly formed catastrophe bond shelf program, Bosphorus Ltd., to benefit the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool (TCIP). The 2015-1 Notes represent the second time that TCIP has utilized the capital markets to obtain earthquake protection on a parametric basis. TCIP, managed by Eureko Sigorta A.Ş., first accessed the cat bond market in 2013 via the issuance of Bosphorus 1 Re Ltd. and has now sourced USD 500 million in total of catastrophe bond capacity from capital market investors.
GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Panda Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes Benefiting China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd. and China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of Series 2015-1 Class A Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes due July 9, 2018, with notional principal of USD 50,000,000, through a newly formed catastrophe bond shelf program, Panda Re Ltd., to benefit the China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd. and China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation (collectively “China Re”).
Guy Carpenter today released its July 1 Renewal Briefing that shows price declines have continued to moderate, predominantly on programs covering US wind. Overall pricing was down again at the July renewal across virtually all geographies and lines of business. However, additional limit placed over the past few months is partially responsible for the stabilization of price declines, particularly for US property. Increased demand for reinsurance and expansion of tailored coverage persisted through the July renewal period from previous seasons.
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.
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: