Jamaica’s first cat bond launched at $175m by World Bank IBRD

The first catastrophe bond to benefit the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica has now been launched to investors, with the IBRD CAR 130 transaction, that is being issued via the World Bank, set to provide the Government with a $175 million or greater source of named tropical storm and hurricane disaster insurance protection.

We learned recently that important grant agreements had been signed and as a result the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica was imminent and could come to market as early as this week.

That has proved accurate and now the World Bank’s cat bond for Jamaica is in the market and details are with the insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment community, as well as other institutional investors we’d expect.

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Today’s ILS Investor: A Catalyst for Change

The $90 billion insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector is undergoing a sea change, led by investors with significant experience in the industry and a heightened awareness of the need to marry their desire for non-correlated risk and attractive returns with the growing demand for responsible investment.

For most of the last 20 years, traditional ILS investors have been hedge funds, pension funds and other institutional investors. They look to the insurance and reinsurance sector for portfolio diversification as an alternative, non-correlating asset class that produces historically strong returns.

The more traditional appetite for ILS had been high-severity, low-frequency events with a short duration. Natural catastrophe perils, which until 2017 made consistently positive returns (for the most part), were a compelling investment target.

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Jamaica catastrophe bond grant agreements signed, deal imminent

The project to issue a first catastrophe bond to benefit Jamaica has made further progress this month, with an important grant approval now received and the World Bank facilitated cat bond deal launch now imminent.

Of course, any regular Artemis readers will know that this World Bank project to issue a sovereign catastrophe bond for Jamaica has been underway for a number of years.

In fact, we first wrote about formalised work that had begun between the World Bank and the Jamaican government on a possible catastrophe bond issuance almost three years ago.

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Generali hails completion of the first green catastrophe bond

Italian and global insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. has hailed the successful completion of its first green catastrophe bond issuance, the EUR 200 million Lion III Re DAC transaction.

The deal was launched to the cat bond investor community earlier this month, and benefiting from strong investor demand Generali secured it at attractive pricing, as we’d previously explained.

The company said today that the EUR 200 million cat bond, which is exposed to windstorms in Europe and earthquakes in Italy, is “the first ever ILS issuance that embeds innovative green features in compliance with the Generali Green ILS Framework.”

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World Bank climate change plan highlights cat bonds & risk transfer

This week, the World Bank Group announced its new Climate Change Action Plan, with a range of commitments to ramp up and deliver record levels of climate finance, while catastrophe bonds, disaster risk financing and insurance against climate risk are also mentioned

Through its new Climate Change Action Plan, the World Bank is targeting the delivery of record levels of climate financing to developing countries.

At the same time the World Bank aims to work to reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation and align financial flows within the work it does with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Cat bond activity may give multi-strategy funds room to expand

The acceleration of activity in the global catastrophe bond market over the last few months could now drive an opportunity for a number of multi-strategy investment funds to expand, as the availability of paper has increased even causing some investment managers to lift the shutters on closed funds, we understand.

Which could drive more capital to look at catastrophe bonds and perhaps other insurance-linked securities (ILS), or the more structured collateralised reinsurance opportunities such as sidecars.

Given a lot of the multi-strategy investment funds that look at cat bonds and other ILS are open to retail money as well, these investment managers would really like to see listed opportunities, or assets with greater liquidity, which could even drive interest among specialist ILS managers or reinsurance firms to revisit the listed fund strategy again.

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UCITS cat bond funds growing fast. Schroders overtakes GAM as largest

UCITS catastrophe bond funds as a group have increased their assets significantly over the last year, with accelerated growth of the cat bond market and rising interest in ILS investments helping to propel the UCITS cat bond funds we track to asset growth of roughly 58% in just one year.

Over that period, first place position for the largest UCITS cat bond fund has also changed, as Schroders has now overtaken GAM, after Schroders’ GAIA Cat Bond Fund overtook the GAM Star CAT Bond Fund (which is portfolio managed by Fermat Capital Management) in terms of assets held within the strategy.

At the end of May 2020, a group of 15 main UCITS cat bond funds had accumulated catastrophe bond assets of just over US $5.1 billion.

By the end of May 2021, just one year later, that figure had grown considerably, with the same 15 UCITS cat bond funds counting some US $8.05 billion of cat bond assets under their management.

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Cat bond growth propelled by strong investor demand: Moody’s

Moody’s has reported that the catastrophe bond market saw record issuance in 2020 despite a brief pause in Q2 following a particularly tumultuous period for the financial markets.

And looking ahead through 2021, the rating agency expects cat bond issuance to continue to grow with strong investor demand for the asset class, evidenced by a reduction in spreads and upsized deals seen over the last several quarters.

According to Moody’s future growth in the ILS market will likely be driven by pure cat bonds from traditional and non traditional sponsors as well as insurance-linked notes from mortgage insurers.

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Cat bond growth propelled by strong investor demand: Moody’s

Moody’s has reported that the catastrophe bond market saw record issuance in 2020 despite a brief pause in Q2 following a particularly tumultuous period for the financial markets.

And looking ahead through 2021, the rating agency expects cat bond issuance to continue to grow with strong investor demand for the asset class, evidenced by a reduction in spreads and upsized deals seen over the last several quarters.

According to Moody’s future growth in the ILS market will likely be driven by pure cat bonds from traditional and non traditional sponsors as well as insurance-linked notes from mortgage insurers.

“The cat bond market has again proven resilient despite some losses and principal payouts, largely from prior period reserve development,” analysts said in a new report.

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Cat bond activity may give multi-strategy funds room to expand

The acceleration of activity in the global catastrophe bond market over the last few months could now drive an opportunity for a number of multi-strategy investment funds to expand, as the availability of paper has increased even causing some investment managers to lift the shutters on closed funds, we understand.

Which could drive more capital to look at catastrophe bonds and perhaps other insurance-linked securities (ILS), or the more structured collateralised reinsurance opportunities such as sidecars.

Given a lot of the multi-strategy investment funds that look at cat bonds and other ILS are open to retail money as well, these investment managers would really like to see listed opportunities, or assets with greater liquidity, which could even drive interest among specialist ILS managers or reinsurance firms to revisit the listed fund strategy again.

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