Munich Re tranfers US hurricane and European windstorm risks to the capital markets
Munich Re has acquired coverage for US hurricane and European windstorm risks with a total volume of US$ 75m from the special purpose insurer Queen Street V Re Limited, which in turn has placed a catastrophe bond for this amount in the capital markets.
The transaction was structured and arranged by Munich Re. The catastrophe bond matures on 9 April 2015 and was issued by Queen Street V Re Limited, a Bermuda registered special purpose insurer. 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+ (sf) from Standard & Poor's, and the risk premium is 8.50% p.a.
This catastrophe bond is principal at-risk and 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. It carries Standard & Poor’s top AAAm rating. Loss events will be quantified on the basis of county- and line-of-business-weighted market losses with respect to US Hurricane and CRESTA-zone-weighted market losses with respect to Europe Windstorm. Market losses for US Hurricane will be determined by PCS (Property Claim Services) and for European Windstorm by PERILS AG (Zurich).
Queen Street V has placed the bond globally among a broadly diversified group of international investors mainly comprising investment funds and hedge funds, but also insurers and reinsurers.
Board member Thomas Blunck: "Munich Re adheres to its strategy of selectively using catastrophe bonds as a supplementary means of transferring peak risks from our own book. The response by investors was positive despite a challenging market environment, with high spreads in other asset classes with comparable ratings. This shows that investors appreciate the diversifying effect from cat bonds that are virtually uncorrelated with trends on the capital markets as such.”
Munich Re stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. Munich Re creates value for clients, shareholders and staff alike. In the financial year 2010, the Group – which pursues an integrated business model consisting of insurance and reinsurance – achieved a profit of €2.4bn on premium income of around €46bn. It operates in all lines of insurance, with around 47,000 employees throughout the world. With premium income of around €24bn from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Especially when clients require solutions for complex risks, Munich Re is a much sought-after risk carrier. Our primary insurance operations are concentrated mainly in the ERGO Insurance Group. With premium income of over €20bn, ERGO is one of the largest insurance groups in Europe and Germany. It is the market leader in Europe in health and legal protection insurance. More than 40 million clients in over 30 countries place their trust in the services and security it provides. In international healthcare business, Munich Re pools its insurance and reinsurance operations, as well as related services, under the Munich Health brand. Munich Re’s global investments amounting to €193bn are managed by MEAG, which also makes its competence available to private and institutional investors outside the Group.
This press release is prepared for the purpose of public announcement of the issuance of the bonds referred to herein (the "Bonds") and does not constitute or form part of any offer or invitation to sell or issue or any solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities in any jurisdiction, nor shall it (or any part of it) or the fact of its distribution form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, or act as any inducement to enter into, any contract or commitment therefore.
All of the Bonds have been sold and this announcement is a matter of record only. The Bonds have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state or foreign securities law and the issuer is not and will not be registered under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act").
The Bonds were offered and sold only to investors who are qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and who, in the case of U.S. persons (as the term is defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act), are also qualified purchasers for purposes of Section 3(c)(7) of the Investment Company Act and may not be re-offered or re-sold in the United States except in compliance with all applicable transfer restrictions. Any purported transfer in violation of those restrictions will be null and void. In addition, the Bonds may be held only in certain permitted jurisdictions.
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