Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"First (standalone 144A) terrorism risk cat bond oversubscribed"

From Artemis:
Pool Re, the UK government-backed mutual terrorism reinsurance facility, has now successfully completed the issuance of its first terrorism risk catastrophe bond, the £75 million ($97m) Baltic PCC Limited (Series 2019) with the placement said to have been oversubscribed thanks to ILS investor support.

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market has seen terrorism risk before, of course. As long ago as 2003, the cat bond market saw a transaction called Golden Goal Finance Ltd. which provided event cancellation protection against risks including terror attacks.

There have also been a number of repeated and renewed collateralized reinsurance or private ILS transactions that transfer terror risks to the capital markets, with a number of triggers and structures employed over the year.

But Pool Re’s successful transaction is the first standalone terror risk Rule 144A cat bond transaction, so brings a new diversifying and man-made peril to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market.
Pool Re said today that the transaction was oversubscribed thanks to investor demand.
The £75 million transaction did see its pricing rise during the period it was marketed, having been launched to investors offering a coupon price guidance in a range from 5.4% to 5.9%. At pricing the coupon was fixed at the top-end of that range, offering an initial interest spread of 5.9%, in order to garner the necessary ILS investor support, which was clearly successful.

Commenting on the completion of the Baltic PCC terrorism cat bond, CEO of Pool Re Julian Enoizi said, “This is the first stand-alone terrorism risk catastrophe bond. We have been working towards this placement for several years and are excited to bring an entirely new source of capital to the terrorism risk market for the first time. It diversifies the funding of our retrocession programme, complementing the capital of traditional reinsurers to spread terrorism risk even more broadly.
“In addition, it further protects HM Treasury, and helps us towards our ultimate goal of returning as much risk as possible to private markets.”

The catastrophe bond covers physical damage risks from terror attacks in the mainland UK, including covering attacks characterised as nuclear, chemical, biological or radiological, as well as providing Pool Re with coverage for any losses triggered by a terror-related cyber attack.
The £75 million catastrophe bond will now provide a small component of the £8.9 billion of protection that the UK taxpayer benefits from thanks to Pool Re and its reinsurance and retrocession arrangements....MUCH MORE