Google parent Alphabet turns to cat bonds for earthquake insurance

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Alphabet, Inc., the holding company for Google and its many units, has entered the catastrophe bond market for the first time, as the technology giant seeks $237.5 million of earthquake insurance protection that will be fully collateralized through the issuance of a Phoenician Re Ltd. (Series 2020-1)  cat bond transaction to capital market investors.

The technology giants of this world all carry significant exposure to catastrophe, severe weather and climate risks and looking to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market as a source of efficient capacity that can support their insurance needs is a natural step for companies so focused on innovation and efficiency.

Alphabet, which acts as a holding company for all of the Google tech operations, is looking to secure California earthquake protection from the capital markets, in a deal that will see the firm’s captive insurer ceding risk to a global reinsurance firm, that will in turn enter into a coverage agreement with a special purpose insurer (SPI) Phoenician Re Ltd. which will issue the cat bond notes to investors.

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