Cat bond not a “handout”, Jamaica aims to renew by itself: Minister

The fact foreign donors paid for the premiums associated with Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond does not mean it was a “handout” the country’s Minister of Finance has explained.

Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond, the recently placed IBRD CAR 130 transaction, was priced and saw the Caribbean island nation securing the upsized target of $185 million of coverage last week.

Helping Jamaica to access disaster insurance from the capital markets were the World Bank and its Treasury, which facilitated the transaction and worked on the deal for around three years.

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Jamaica’s cat bond priced at upsized $185m, ILS funds take 66% of notes

Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond, the IBRD CAR 130 transaction, has now been successfully priced and the Caribbean island nation has secured the upsized target of $185 million of coverage, with pricing closer to the upper-end of guidance.

Dedicated insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment funds took the lions share of the cat bond notes on offer, absorbing 66% of the arrangement, the World Bank reported.

As we reported recently here, the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica looked set to increase a little in size, from the original offering of $175 million of notes.

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Jamaica’s World Bank catastrophe bond could upsize to $185m

The first catastrophe bond for Jamaica, which as we were first to report ten days ago launched as a $175 million IBRD CAR 130 transaction with the support of the World Bank, is now said by our sources to have a chance of closing a little larger, at $185 million in size.

The $175 million or greater catastrophe bond seeks a capital markets backed source of named tropical storm and hurricane disaster insurance protection for the government of Jamaica, on a parametric trigger basis.

As we’d also reported recently, important grant agreements had been signed and as a result the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica was expected imminently.

That proved correct, when our sources told us the deal had been launched to investors ten days ago and we reported on the structure being offered and the protection it will afford to Jamaica’s government.

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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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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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Cat bond to narrow Jamaica’s natural disaster financing gap: World Bank

Work continues on the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica and the World Bank has highlighted how the soon to be launched transaction will help to narrow the Caribbean nations natural disaster financing gap.

As yet, the World Bank’s catastrophe bond for Jamaica has not come to market, but it is expected within the coming two months or so, in advance of the peak of the 2021 hurricane season.

Jamaica’s catastrophe bond has been a work-in-progress for some years now, as we’ve documented regularly, but was forcibly delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, as financial market volatility from the coronavirus outbreak put the Caribbean island nations’ first cat bond issuance on-hold, Jamaica’s finance minister previously said.

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Jamaica: World Bank cat bond still underway. Gets CCRIF rainfall payout for Zeta & Eta

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Jamaica continues to work with the World Bank on a first catastrophe bond for the country the Finance Ministry has said and reflecting the importance of disaster risk financing, in recent weeks it has received a roughly $3.5 million payout under its parametric CCRIF insurance coverage.

The payout comes after the torrential rainfall from tropical cyclones Zeta and Eta impacted the Caribbean island nation triggered the parametric excess rainfall protection that Jamaica has.

The CCRIF SPC (formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) provides excess rainfall parametric insurance coverage, as well as parametric risk transfer for peak perils such as hurricanes and earthquakes.

Jamaica still aims for catastrophe bond with World Bank support

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The Government of Jamaica will continue to work alongside the World Bank and other multi-lateral groups to increase its disaster insurance protection this year, even though its priority is a swift economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jamaica had been planning a catastrophe bond issuance for this year, to enhance its disaster insurance arrangements.

The cat bond deal, which has been a work-in-progress for some years now, as we’ve documented regularly, was forcibly delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, as financial market volatility due to the coronavirus outbreak put the Caribbean island nations’ first cat bond issuance on-hold, the country’s finance minister previously said.

Jamaica readies for first cat bond, already budgeting for its renewal

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Despite the fact a catastrophe bond for Jamaica has not yet come to market, after receiving support to pay premiums for the in-development first issuance the Caribbean island nation is already preparing to budget for its future renewal.

Jamaica’s government has been working towards sponsoring its first catastrophe bond for at least two years, with assistance from the World Bank.

Our latest two updates on Jamaica’s progress towards becoming a cat bond sponsor discussed the support provided by the World Bank in risk modelling for the perils to be covered, and funding the country has received to help in paying cat bond premiums to investors.

Caribbean earthquake could prompt CCRIF coverage assessment

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A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Caribbean yesterday in the afternoon local time, swaying buildings as far away as Miami, Florida and causing some localised damage to countries including the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cuba.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties and damage in the region appears relatively light.

However, the quake could result in an assessment of the parametric catastrophe insurance policies provided by the CCRIF SPC (formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) and perhaps its reinsurance coverage, as its modelled loss trigger calculation process may be required to run, given the severity of the earthquake event.