Fitch Ratings has made an interesting observation related to the Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond, the $185 million IBRD CAR 130 transaction that came to market in July. It represents the largest World Bank facilitated cat bond, relative to the sponsor government’s GDP.
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The fact foreign donors paid for the premiums associated with Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond does not mean it was a “handout” the country’s Minister of Finance has explained.
Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond, the IBRD CAR 130 transaction, has now been successfully priced and the Caribbean island nation has secured the upsized target of $185 million of coverage, with pricing closer to the upper-end of guidance.
The first catastrophe bond for Jamaica, which as we were first to report ten days ago launched as a $175 million IBRD CAR 130 transaction with the support of the World Bank, is now said by our sources to have a chance of closing a little larger, at $185 million in size.
The first catastrophe bond to benefit the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica has now been launched to investors, with the IBRD CAR 130 transaction, that is being issued via the World Bank, set to provide the Government with a $175 million or greater source of named tropical storm and hurricane disaster insurance protection.
The project to issue a first catastrophe bond to benefit Jamaica has made further progress this month, with an important grant approval now received and the World Bank facilitated cat bond deal launch now imminent.
Work continues on the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica and the World Bank has highlighted how the soon to be launched transaction will help to narrow the Caribbean nations natural disaster financing gap.
The Government of Jamaica aims to have its World Bank supported catastrophe bond issued and in place, providing a much-needed source of capital market backed disaster insurance protection in advance of the 2021 hurricane season, its Finance Minister said yesterday.
Jamaica continues to work with the World Bank on a first catastrophe bond for the country the Finance Ministry has said and reflecting the importance of disaster risk financing, in recent weeks it has received a roughly $3.5 million payout under its parametric CCRIF insurance coverage.
The Government of Jamaica will continue to work alongside the World Bank and other multi-lateral groups to increase its disaster insurance protection this year, even though its priority is a swift economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.