TWIA to double Alamo Re 2021 cat bond to $500m

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is now expected to double in size its new Alamo Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) catastrophe bond transaction, which will now more than replace a soon to mature $400 million cat bond from 2018.

As we were first to report this week, TWIA’s staff said at a meeting on Wednesday that the new cat bond could be upsized, depending on the investor reception to the deal and resulting market pricing.

TWIA returned to the catastrophe bond market for this new Alamo Re 2021 catastrophe bond just over one week ago, at which time it was seeking just $250 million of reinsurance with the issuance.

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Industry-loss warranty (ILW) market softens YoY as capacity rises

Following conversations with a number of market sources, it seems that the market for industry-loss warranty (ILW) protection has softened year-on-year, following on the heels of the catastrophe bond market as capacity turns its attention to ILW’s in the run up to the renewals.

Just the other day we explained that indicative pricing for industry-loss warranties (ILW’s) has jumped higher year-on-year, but it turns out this is just broker pricing sheets catching up to more realistic pricing levels after many had been indicating rates that were far too low a year ago.

That caused a number of contacts in the ILW capacity providing and broking market to reach out, to provide some colour on where pricing actually sits in 2021.

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Credit Suisse: Cushioning the impact of climate change with cat bonds.

More powerful hurricanes and increasing numbers of earthquakes – climate change is real. What does climate change mean for the alignment of investment portfolios? Investments in cat bonds offer institutional investors interesting opportunities to help shape the future.

Climate change is jeopardizing the creditworthiness of government bonds

“Over the past three decades, there has not been a single year when the average temperature in Switzerland was less than the average,” says Prof. David N. Bresch, Professor for Weather and Climate Risks at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, at Credit Suisse’s EAM thought leadership event. He is drawing attention here to ongoing climate change and the fact that the greenhouse effect needs to be limited to a considerable extent if the goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change to restrict global warming to well below two degrees by 2050 is to be achieved.

Because every degree of temperature rise leads to a 7% increase in humidity. As a result, there is a greater probability of tropical cyclones and hurricanes. An increased probability of natural disasters can in turn impact the creditworthiness of government bonds if national budgets face the additional burden of major loss events. “Countries in exposed regions must practice good risk management in order to secure their creditworthiness in the long term,” says Prof. Bresch.

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TWIA returns for $250m+ Alamo Re cat bond renewal for 2021

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has returned to the catastrophe bond market with a $250 million or larger Alamo Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) transaction, which will go at least some of the way to renewing a soon to mature $400 million cat bond from 2018.

For 2021, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)  has returned to Bermuda as the home for this catastrophe bond issuance, having ventured to Singapore for its only cat bond of 2020.

The residual market property insurer for the State of Texas has now sponsored six catastrophe bonds, with this 2021 Alamo Re issuance set to be the firms seventh.

In total, the six previously sponsored cat bonds have provided TWIA with $2.5 billion of fully-collateralized reinsurance from the capital markets.

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Florida ILW price indications up as much as 50% year-on-year

With the Florida reinsurance renewals fast approaching, it’s interesting to learn that indicative pricing for industry-loss warranty (ILW) protection covering hurricanes affecting the state is up significantly year-on-year, but actual market pricing may be flat or even down. Please read our update at the foot of this article.

The market for typically retrocessional reinsurance protection structured in industry loss warranty (ILW) form has been one of the areas that saw a contraction of available capacity and then hardening over the last few years, but the hardening actually seems to have been more significant through the second half of 2020 and into 2021 than it had been after the loss heavy Florida hurricane year’s of 2017 and 2018.

The ILW market has been cited as one area of reinsurance where attractive return opportunities exist this year and broker pricing sheets seen by Artemis suggest those looking to back ILW’s with their capital are likely to secure better rates than a year ago.

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Surge in cat bond market set to continue in 2021

The catastrophe bond market saw robust activity last year as new sponsors and tightening retrocessional reinsurance capacity helped buoy the sector, and the trend is expected to continue.

Both the 2020 top line issuance of $11 billion of property cat bond limit placed and the fourth-quarter total of $3.7 billion were records, according to a report released last week by Aon Securities, a unit of Aon PLC.

New sponsors helped drive cat bond activity in 2020, said Des Potter, a London-based managing director at GC Securities, part of Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC.

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ILS is a growing part of the ESG mosaic, say industry experts

As responsible and sustainable investing continues to gain traction, the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class is expected to play an increasing role, but it’s important that the sector tells its own environmental, social and governance (ESG) story.

This is according to ILS and reinsurance industry experts speaking recently at the virtually held SIFMA Insurance and Risk Linked Securities conference.

The opening day of the event ended with a panel discussion on the future of ESG in the ILS market, moderated by Andy Palmer, Director, Deputy Head of ILS structuring, Swiss Re Capital Markets Limited.

Early in the discussion, panellist François Divet, Head of Insurance Linked Securities, Structured Finance, AXA Investment Managers, explained that at both AXA IM and the wider AXA Group, ESG subjects are viewed as extremely important for the reinsurance industry as a whole.

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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority exploring reinsurance market entry

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), a sovereign wealth investment fund owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and tasked with investing funds on behalf of the Government of the Emirate, is looking to expand its activities in reinsurance with its own carrier and also insurance-linked securities (ILS), we’re told.

Sources have told us that the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has been running a beauty parade of reinsurance brokers and advisories in recent months, as the investor looks to identify the most appropriate points of entry and structures to access a more meaningful source of direct reinsurance linked returns, as it builds out its initiatives across the space.

We’re told the new interest and broker selection is coming from the private equity arm of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as it looks to enter reinsurance, likely with a rated carrier approach, at some stage in 2021 or 2022.

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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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Hong Kong reveals insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant details

Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority (IA), the independent insurance and reinsurance regulator for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, has now published initial details of its insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant scheme.

Back in February of this year, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan revealed plans for a Pilot Insurance‑linked Securities Grant Scheme that will pay as much as HK $12 million per issuance, which is close to US $1.6 million of potential ILS or catastrophe bond issuance cost savings for sponsors choosing to use Hong Kong as a domicile.

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) has now published details of a two-year Pilot Insurance-linked Securities Grant Scheme, which it says “provides an incentive for insurance companies and organisations to issue insurance-linked securities (ILS) in Hong Kong.”

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