Mariah Re Ltd. (Series 2010-2) – Full details:
A month after American Family Mutual Insurance Co. closed its first ever catastrophe bond transaction, the $100m Mariah Re Ltd. Series 2010-1 thunderstorm catastrophe bond, they have again tapped the capital markets to secure a second tranche of Series 2010-2 cat bond cover under the same programme.
The first Mariah Re tranche, issued in November, protected AmFam against U.S. thunderstorm losses and had an initial attachment point of $825m. This new tranche secures a layer of cover below that by attaching at $725m. A covered event is any severe thunderstorm with an event index equal to or greater than $10m and it has a maximum event index for a single event of $300m.
Mariah Re uses a PCS industry loss index as its trigger based on insured personal and auto property losses.
Update: The Mariah Re 2010-2 cat bond was triggered and is now a total loss after covered tornado losses reached it’s exhaustion point. Investors stand to lose their full principle on this deal, and the investors in the Series 2010-1 tranche are now exposed to some losses as well.
Update July 2013: The Mariah Re Ltd. cat bond payout is being disputed and the case has gone to litigation. The law suit claims that the reporting on events, upgrading catastrophes from non-metro to metro classification, was unorthodox and so a legal claim has been filed. More details.