Security First Insurance returns with $150m First Coast Re 2017 cat bond

by Artemis on March 28, 2017

Security First Insurance Company is returning to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market with its second transaction, seeking $150 million of fully-collateralized reinsurance protection from the capital markets through a First Coast Re Ltd. (Series 2017-1) issuance.

For its second cat bond Security First Insurance is again accessing the capital markets with the assistance of reinsurance firm Swiss Re, which is acting as the ceding reinsurer for this First Coast Re 2017-1 cat bond, with Security First benefitting from the coverage as the reinsured party.

This cat bond will provide Security First with $150 million of multi-year, fully-collateralized reinsurance protection against losses caused by named storms and severe thunderstorms in the state of Florida, over a four-year term, sources said.

The protection will be afforded on an indemnity trigger and per-occurrence basis, through a retrocessional reinsurance agreement between ceding reinsurer Swiss Re and the special purpose insurer First Coast Re Ltd., and a reinsurance agreement between First Coast Re and the reinsured Security First Insurance.

The First Coast Re 2017-1 cat bond has been structured to provide cascading protection to the reinsured Security First, we understand, which allows for the stated reinsurance sitting between the cat bond to be eroded and as a result the cat bond attachment can drop down for second or subsequent events.

The $150 million of First Coast Re 2017-1 Class A notes will attach initially at $140 million of losses to Security First (on a cascading basis after the reinsurance provisions), which gives the notes an initial attachment probability of 2.31% and an expected loss of 1.75%. The notes are being offered to ILS investors with coupon price guidance in a range of 4.5% to 5%, we’re told.

As well as acting as the ceding reinsurer, Swiss Re is also sole structuring agent and bookrunner for this First Coast Re 2017-1 cat bond.

It’s encouraging to see Security First Insurance returning with an ambition to increase its cat bond coverage, with this new deal targeting a doubling of its 2016 transaction.

We’ll update you as the First Coast Re Ltd. (Series 2017-1) cat bond comes to market. You can read about this and every other catastrophe bond transaction in the Artemis Deal Directory.

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