Residential Reinsurance 2019 Limited (Series 2019-1)

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Residential Reinsurance 2019 Limited (Series 2019-1) – At a glance:

  • Issuer: Residential Reinsurance 2019 Limited (Series 2019-1)
  • Cedent / sponsor: USAA
  • Placement / structuring agent/s: Goldman Sachs and Swiss Re Capital Markets are joint structuring agents and bookrunners
  • Risk modelling / calculation agents etc: AIR Worldwide
  • Risks / perils covered: U.S. tropical cyclones, earthquakes (plus fire following), severe thunderstorm, winter storm, wildfire, volcanic eruption, meteorite impact, other perils (all including auto & renter policy flood losses)
  • Size: ?
  • Trigger type: Indemnity
  • Ratings: ?
  • Date of issue: May 2019

Residential Reinsurance 2019 Limited (Series 2019-1) – Full details:

This transaction is USAA’s 33rd catastrophe bond sponsorship, as the primary, military mutual insurer again looks to the securitization of insurance risk to extend its use of the capital markets and ILS investors as a source of collateralized reinsurance capacity.

For this issuance, newly registered Cayman Islands vehicle Residential Reinsurance 2019 Limited will seek to issue two tranches of Series 2019-1 cat bond notes, we understand, both of which will have four-year terms.

Both tranches of notes will be exposed to losses from the same perils as USAA’s last cat bond transaction, we’re told, so these will be U.S. tropical cyclones, earthquakes (plus fire following), severe thunderstorm, winter storm, wildfire, volcanic eruption, meteorite impact, and so-called other perils (with other perils all including auto & renter policy flood losses).

At this time we’re told no sizes have been assigned to either of the tranches of notes, giving USAA plenty of room to choose how much reinsurance coverage to receive from its latest cat bond based on the appetites of cat bond investors.

We understand that a Class 12 tranche of notes are the riskier layer of this cat bond, attaching at $2.075 billion of losses and with an initial expected loss of 3.61%. These notes are offered to investors with price guidance ranging from 7.75% to 8.5%.

The second tranche, a Class 13 set of notes, attaching at $2.675 billion of losses to the sponsor and so are less risky with an initial expected loss of 0.98%. These are offered with price guidance in a range from 4% to 4.5%, we’re told.

This second tranche is actually a little higher risk than a Class 13 tranche of notes from one of USAA’s 2018 catastrophe bond deals which was priced with a coupon of 3.25%.

So the indicative guide pricing of this latest cat bond from the insurer looks like it may seek to compensate investors for some of the losses they have taken in recent years and reflect slightly higher risk-adjusted pricing.

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