Posts Tagged ‘catastrophe bonds’



April 27th, 2015

GC Securities* Catastrophe Bond Update, First Quarter 2015

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High-volume maturities coupled with a diverse and steady stream of new issuances created a dynamic market environment in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter of each year is particularly active in terms of issuance for the property/casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond market, and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C catastrophe bond limit was successfully placed with investors, one of the highest first quarter volumes in the history of the 144A marketplace. However, the first quarter also had the highest ever volume of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds maturing, returning USD3.544 billion of principal to investors. As of March 31, 2015, USD20.813 billion of P&C 144A catastrophe bond risk capital was outstanding.

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April 22nd, 2015

Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk

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Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions: 

 

1. Capital Markets Developing Trends: Capital markets capacity continues to innovate as highlighted by the recent issuance of a catastrophe bond by the MTA . This issue, MetroCat, which came to market in July 2013, demonstrated the willingness of capital markets investors to assume storm surge and flood risk from named storms in a cost effective manner. 

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2. Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities: The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds. 

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3. GC Securities* Completes First Catastrophe Bond Issued By The World Bank On Behalf Of The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility: GC Securities announced the placement of Floating Rate CCRIF Catastrophe-Linked Capital at Risk Notes, with notional principal of USD30,000,000, issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a member institution of the World Bank Group, to facilitate risk transfer on behalf of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (the CCRIF).  CCRIF is a risk-pooling facility that is designed to limit the financial impact on its sixteen Caribbean member governments resulting from catastrophic earthquakes and hurricanes by quickly providing financial liquidity when a policy is triggered. This is the first time that the CCRIF has utilized the cat bond market and the first catastrophe bond directly issued by the World Bank.

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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 US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/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. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. 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. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

April 13th, 2015

GC Capital Ideas Top Chart Room Entries: First Quarter, 2015

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From one of GC Capital Ideas’ more popular categories, we highlight the top ten Chart Room stories viewed during the first quarter of 2015: 

 

1. Chart: 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.

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2. Chart: P&C M&A Activity 2006 to 2015: Chart presents property/casualty (P&C) merger and acquisition (M&A) activity primarily for United States and Bermuda-based companies over the past 10 years. The chart illustrates the number of deals and deal volume over that period.

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3. Chart: Evolution of Dedicated Reinsurance Capital, 2013 to YE 2014: The evolution of dedicated sector capital is presented in this chart. Guy Carpenter estimates dedicated sector capital remained at near record levels having risen to approximately USD400 billion at year-end 2014 from traditional rated markets and all sources of alternative capital including sidecars, collateralized reinsurance vehicles and catastrophe bonds.

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4. Chart: Regional Property Catastrophe ROL Index, 1990 to 2015: The chart shows the indexes for United States, United Kingdom, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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5. Chart: European Property Catastrophe ROL Trends - 2007 to 2015: The chart presents the European Property Catastrophe Rate On Line (ROL) trends with correlating impact of catastrophe events for the period 2007 to January 1, 2015.

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6. Chart: Alternative Capacity as a Percentage of Catastrophe Reinsurance Limit: The chart presents alternative capital capacity as a percentage of global property catastrophe reinsurance limit from 2008 to year-end 2014.

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7. Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions for 2014: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2014.

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8. Chart: Combined Ratio for Guy Carpenter Composite, Q3 2014: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through third quarter, 2014.

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9. Chart: Significant Insured Losses - 2011 to YE 2014: Reports losses by quarter.

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10. Chart: Return On Equity For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q3 2014: Chart presents return on equity for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through third quarter, 2014.

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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 US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/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. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. 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. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

March 26th, 2015

January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients

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As we approach the April 2015 reinsurance renewal, we look back at the Jan. 1 renewal.

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March 25th, 2015

Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds.

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February 26th, 2015

Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends

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Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten transactions have or are set to mature (absent any triggering event). Additionally, another USD1.24 billion of capital will be returned to investors in February and March, taking the total notional value of first quarter 2015 maturities to USD3.54 billion. Such maturities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space in the first half of 2015, which has the highest percentage of outstanding cat bonds as of the end of the preceding year since 2011, is expected to provide further pressure to lower ILS pricing.

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February 25th, 2015

CFTC Provides Conditional Relief to Certain ILS/Cat Bond Issuers

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On December 18, 2014 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) provided conditional relief to certain insurance-linked securities (ILS)/cat bond issuers from having to register as Commodity Pool Operators (CPOs).

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February 24th, 2015

Growth of Private Cat Bond Placements in 2014

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In addition to 144A transactions, the fourth quarter was an active one for the private cat bond market (Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule (4(2)) securities offerings). The terms and conditions of such securities are typically confidential due to the private nature of the issuance, unless the sponsors or the placement agents publicize information about the transactions. As of December 31, 2014 approximately USD561.5 million of limit was transferred to the capital markets via 17 transactions. These figures represent a 210 percent increase in the notional amount of limit placed year-over-year, and a 183 percent increase in the number of transactions year-over-year.

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February 23rd, 2015

Catastrophe Bond Tenor in 2014

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Eighty-nine percent of property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) had a bond tenor of either three or four years in 2014, a decrease from 93 percent in 2013. This was due to increased usage of risk periods longer than four years. This was largely influenced by Sanders Re 2014-1, a USD300 million five year transaction benefiting Allstate (Q2) and Kilimanjaro Re 2014-2, a USD500 million five year transaction benefiting Everest Re (Q4). Investors were receptive to longer-term transactions (a position we expect will continue into 2015) as both deals were oversubscribed. However, such deals closed either above or at the midpoint of initial price guidance, indicating that investors required additional compensation for risk periods longer than four years. Sponsors continued to express interest in bonds with risk periods beyond five years, which we expect will persist through 2015 and beyond.

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February 19th, 2015

Catastrophe Bond Indemnity Trigger in 2014

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Eighty-one percent of the property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) was structured with an indemnity trigger on either a per-occurrence, annual aggregate or multi-year aggregate basis. The use of indemnity triggers increased steadily from a low of 30 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2013.

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