insurance linked securities (ILS) News

Multiple Smaller Natural Disasters in 2018 Created ‘Unusual’ Insured Loss Picture: Willis

Insured loss estimates from major natural catastrophes in 2018 totaled roughly $71.5 billion, the highest since 2011’s annual market losses of $120 billion, according to Willis Re. However, the insured losses in 2018 are slightly less than half of those …

Jan. 1 Renewals Saw ‘Muted Impact’ from 2018’s Catastrophes: Guy Carpenter

The overall impact of catastrophe losses on property rates was muted at the Jan. 1, 2019 reinsurance renewals, but the fourth highest annual catastrophe loss year on record did create questions over pricing adequacy, underwriting strategy and the amount of …

Global Reinsurance Capital Is Resilient Despite Losses of $230B over 2 Years: Aon

Global reinsurance capital – comprising traditional and alternative capital – fell 2 percent in 2018 to US$595 billion from $605 billion in 2017, remaining resilient in the face of insured natural catastrophe losses of $230 billion over the two-year period, …

Liberty Mutual Again Taps Capital Markets Via Reinsurance Sidecar, Limestone Re

Liberty Mutual has once again directly tapped capital markets’ reinsurance capacity via the Bermuda collateralized reinsurance sidecar, Limestone Re Ltd. Limestone Re provides approximately $150 million of collateralized reinsurance capacity for Liberty’s U.S. property catastrophe program, as well as its …

Neon Sponsors 2nd ILS Transaction via UK Transformer Vehicle NCM Re

Neon announced it successfully has raised third party capital to support its second insurance linked securities (ILS) transaction through its UK-based transformer vehicle, NCM Re. This marks the first reinsurance renewal under the UK’s nascent regulatory regime for alternative capital …

RenaissanceRe Introduces Vermeer, New Reinsurer for U.S. Catastrophe Market

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM announced they have launched Vermeer Reinsurance Ltd. to provide capacity focused on risk remote layers in the U.S. property catastrophe market. PGGM is a Dutch pension fund service provider with €215 …

Peak Re Launches Asian Reinsurance Sidecar Deal Using Bermuda Special Purpose Insurer

Peak Reinsurance Co., the Hong Kong-based reinsurer, announced it has launched Asia’s first sidecar transaction via a new Bermuda-domiciled special purpose insurer, Lion Rock Re Ltd., to provide collateralized retrocession for part of Peak Re’s global property reinsurance risk portfolio. …

AXA XL Buys 100% of New Ocean to Build Alternative Capital Business

AXA XL’s reinsurance operation has completed the acquisition of all third party ownership interests in its majority-owned asset management affiliate, New Ocean Capital Management Ltd. Financial details of the transaction were not released. New Ocean is now a wholly owned …

Brit Launches Sussex Capital UK to Write Collateralized Reinsurance

Brit Ltd., the specialty insurer and reinsurer, announce the launch of Sussex Capital UK PCC Ltd., a new multi-arrangement insurance special purpose vehicle (MISPV). Sussex Capital UK is the first transformer vehicle to be given permission by the Prudential Regulation …

Insurance Linked Securities’ Issuance Reaches Record $1.6B in Q3: Willis Re

The issuance of non-life insurance linked securities during the third quarter reached a record $1.6 billion, according to a report published by Willis Re. The total exceeds the former Q3 record of $1.4 billion achieved in 2013, and is well …