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Sutter Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1)

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Sutter Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1) – At a glance:

  • Issuer: Sutter Re Ltd.
  • Cedent / sponsor: California Earthquake Authority
  • Placement / structuring agent/s: Aon Securities is sole structuring agent and joint bookrunner. Swiss Re Capital Markets is joint bookrunner.
  • Risk modelling / calculation agents etc: EQECAT Inc.
  • Risks / perils covered: California earthquake
  • Size: $300m
  • Trigger type: Indemnity
  • Ratings: NR
  • Date of issue: Jun 2023

Sutter Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1) – Full details:

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is back in the catastrophe bond market for the second time in 2023.

The CEA has returned to the catastrophe bond market in search of a further $300 million or more in collateralized California earthquake reinsurance protection from the capital markets, sponsoring a Sutter Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1) cat bond.

Sutter Re Ltd. will look to issue two tranches of notes that will be sold to investors and the proceeds used to collateralize retrocession agreements with global reinsurer Hannover Re who will front the capital markets for the CEA in this transaction, while Hannover Re will then enter into reinsurance agreements to provide the coverage to the CEA, we’ve learned.

The two tranches of Series 2023-1 notes issued by Sutter Re will provide the CEA with annual aggregate California earthquake reinsurance on an indemnity trigger basis across a three-year and three annual risk period term.

A $175 million tranche of Class B notes will attach above a retention of $5.651 billion of losses, we’re told, giving them an initial attachment probability of 1.94%, an initial expected loss of 1.86% and these notes are being offered to cat bond investors with price guidance in a range from 6.75% to 7.25%.

A $125 million tranche of Class E notes are riskier, attaching above a retention of $2.994 billion of losses, giving them an initial attachment probability of 3.51%, an initial expected loss of 3.28% and the price guidance on offer to cat bond investors in this case is from 9.75% to 10.5%, we understand.

We’re told each layer of notes will participate as a percentage in a $500 million layer of the CEA’s reinsurance tower, while for loss events to be reported on they will need to cause an ultimate net loss of at least $350 million each.

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