Munich Re provides capital-markets solution for QBE Insurance Group Limited (QBE)
Munich Re acted as joint lead structuring agent for a US$ 250m catastrophe bond transaction that transfers earthquake and cyclone risks in Australia and earthquake risks in USA to the capital markets.
Munich. QBE has acquired reinsurance protection of US$ 250m for earthquake and cyclone risks in Australia and earthquake risks in USA, with a combined statistical return period of around one event per 75 years, through a catastrophe bond issued by Bermuda-registered special purpose insurer VenTerra Re Ltd. (VenTerra), which has issued principal at-risk variable rate notes based on an indemnity, per-occurrence trigger with a three-year risk period, due 9 January 2017.
The catastrophe bond has a variable rate of interest based on the risk premium and yield paid from a US money market fund, which collateralises the catastrophe bond, investing in short-dated US treasury bills. The cat bond has received a rating of BB (sf) from Standard & Poor's, and the risk premium is 3.75% p.a. It was the first transaction under the newly established VenTerra Re program which provides QBE with flexibility to sponsor additional catastrophe bonds, should it choose to do so.
Jim Fiore, Chief Reinsurance Officer at QBE, said: “QBE is very pleased with the coverage and terms secured through the VenTerra program, which was the first catastrophe bond sponsored by our company, and by how well the bond offering was received among investors.”
Thomas Blunck, member of Munich Re’s Board of Management, said: “We are happy to have assisted our important client QBE with this catastrophe bond transaction as an additional tool for managing its risks besides tailor-made traditional reinsurance protection. This shows how Munich Re offers its clients the full spectrum of risk transfer solutions.”
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