Munich Re transfers European windstorm risks to the capital markets
Munich Re has acquired coverage for European windstorm risks with a total volume of US$ 150m from the special-purpose vehicle Queen Street III Capital Limited, which in turn has placed a catastrophe bond for this amount on the capital markets. MEAG, Munich Re's asset manager, has set up a US Treasury bill fund specifically to collateralise this catastrophe bond.
The transaction was structured and arranged by Munich Re. The catastrophe bond was issued by special-purpose vehicle Queen Street III Capital Limited, which is registered in the Republic of Ireland, while the risk modelling was developed by AIR Worldwide. With this bond, Munich Re obtains relief for losses from extreme events with a combined statistical return period of around 50 years. The bond has received a rating of B+ from Standard & Poor's, and the risk premium is 4.75%. Marketed in only three working days, the bond met with a very positive response and was substantially oversubscribed. On this basis, Munich Re has been able to obtain retrocession cover at an attractive price.
As well as the risk premium, investors will receive variable-rate interest paid from the US Treasury bill fund set up by MEAG specifically to collateralise this catastrophe bond. It carries Standard & Poor’s top AAAm rating. Loss events will be quantified on the basis of a weighted market loss trigger. Market losses will be determined for European windstorm by PERILS AG (Zurich). Queen Street III has placed the bond globally among a broadly diversified group of international investors comprising mainly investment funds and hedge funds, but also insurers and reinsurers.
Board member Thomas Blunck: "Catastrophe bonds are establishing themselves as a supplementary means of transferring risks. Munich Re is taking advantage of the favourable market environment for cat bonds to obtain cover for the peak risk 'Storm Europe'. The market response shows the interest of specialised investors in the instrument of catastrophe bonds, with their very transparent risk."
Back in March, Munich Re placed Queen Street II, with a volume of US$ 100m. That catastrophe bond covers risks from hurricanes in the USA as well as windstorms in Europe.
Munich, 29 July 2011
Aktiengesellschaft in München
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