Posts Tagged ‘GC Securities’



April 24th, 2014

Capital Stewardship Options

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we bring together recent GC Capital Ideas stories that have presented options that good capital stewards in the reinsurance industry are currently considering for deployment of excess capital. 

Maintaining the Status Quo: One of the biggest challenges facing reinsurers is deciding how to deploy excess capital to generate a return that meets or exceeds the expectation of investors or shareholders.

Read the article>> 

 

Return to Shareholders:  As a principle, excess capital should be returned to shareholders in periods of low return opportunity (particularly below cost of capital) while more capital should be retained/deployed during periods that offer higher returns. The chart here on the Global Reinsurance Composite Return of capital shows that reinsurers have been relatively disciplined over the last eight years, with carriers returning more capital when the pricing environment has softened.

Read the article>> 

 

Organic Growth: With an abundance of excess capital, negligible growth in global reinsurance spend and the pricing outlook continuing to soften, one of the biggest challenges facing reinsurers is deciding how to deploy this excess capital to generate a return that meets or exceeds the expectation of investors or shareholders. Here we consider the option of organic growth.

Read the article>> 

 

M&A - Grow/Diversify by Product Line: As carriers explore M&A opportunities to grow in the current environment, there is strong interest from potential buyers looking for bolt-on opportunities rather than transformational transactions. Although this demand has not to-date triggered a significant increase in M&A transactions, the ingredients for more activity are now in place.

Read the article>> 

 

M&A - Grow/Diversify by Territory: With growth opportunities limited in mature markets, many insurers are looking to emerging markets for future expansion, in particular China, Southeast Asia and Central and Latin America. The chart here highlights gross written premium growth in emerging markets compared to developed markets from a 2003 base.

Read the article>> 

 

M&A: Achieve Meaningful Scale in Reinsurance: In a reinsurance market with abundant excess capital and where most reinsurance programs are oversubscribed, the need for a meaningful line size or differentiated underwriting contribution has never been more relevant.

Read the article>> 

 

M&A: The Evolving Legacy (Run-Off) Market: The recent completion by legacy solution specialists of a number of acquisitions in the live insurance space could be a watershed moment for the standalone run-off market. The original business concept of a run-off manager was a pure focus on legacy business - to achieve finality in legacy claims and manage the outstanding book of legacy business in the same cost efficient way that an insurer would manage a renewal book of business.

Read the article>> 

 

Click here to register to receive e-mail updates >> 

 

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 17th, 2014

Chart: Risk Capital Issued by Quarter

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Property/casualty catastrophe bonds issuance in the period 1997 to 2013.

Continue reading…

March 13th, 2014

Catastrophe Bond Outlook for 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The growing influence of alternative markets capacity is pressuring traditional reinsurers’ business model and challenging them to compete against a model with lower-cost of capital that continues to enter the reinsurance market. Most reinsurance companies have responded to the challenge by leveraging their incumbent status on reinsurance programs, offering similar or better terms and similar or reduced pricing. Particularly, traditional players are emphasizing their ability to efficiently provide reinstatements, which are seen by many as a critical part of core reinsurance programs, particularly for working reinsurance layers. Traditional players are also hedging their bets and creating their own capital markets divisions to attract, manage and utilize capital from third-party sources whether in the form of fund management, managed accounts or sidecars. This will allow reinsurers the opportunity to securitize the most capital-intensive parts of the business while providing valuable cost-efficient capacity in other business lines.

Continue reading…

March 12th, 2014

GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Queen Street IX Re Limited for Munich Re

Posted at 5:00 AM ET

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 Principal At-Risk Notes, with notional principal of $100,000,000, through a newly formed catastrophe bond, Queen Street IX Re Limited, to benefit Munich Re. This is the ninth Queen Street cat bond to benefit Munich Re, the eighth overall cat bond issuance benefitting Munich Re since 2011 and the first cat bond issuance benefitting Munich Re provided via an Irish special purpose reinsurance vehicle.

Continue reading…

March 12th, 2014

Catastrophe Bonds 4th Quarter 2013, Maturities and Risk Capital

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Catastrophe bond issuance in the fourth quarter of 2013, USD1.82 billion, was minimally offset by the limited amount of catastrophe bond maturities of USD360 million, resulting in a net change of risk capital outstanding of USD1.46 billion.

Continue reading…

March 11th, 2014

Catastrophe Bond 4th Quarter 2013 Issuance Activity

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

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).

Continue reading…

March 10th, 2014

Catastrophe Bond Update, Fourth Quarter 2013

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

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.

Continue reading…

March 5th, 2014

Chart: 2013 Catastrophe Bond Transactions

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

This table lists the 144A property/casualty catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2013.

Continue reading…

March 3rd, 2014

Chart: Risk Capital Outstanding

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Risk capital outstanding for property/casualty catastrophe bonds for the period 1997 to 2013. 

Continue reading…

February 26th, 2014

2013 Closes with Near Record Catastrophe Bond Issuance According to GC Securities*

Posted at 11:30 PM ET

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.

Continue reading…