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NCIUA returns for $200m named storm only Cape Lookout Re cat bond


The North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCIUA) is back in the catastrophe bond market, seeking $200 million or more in named storm reinsurance protection from a Cape Lookout Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1) transaction.

nciua-ncjua-logo-north-carolinaThis will be the NCIUA’s fifth cat bond under the Cape Lookout Re Ltd. program of deals.

The property insurer of last resort for North Carolina, the NCIUA is seeking $200 million or more in named storm reinsurance protection with its latest cat bond deal, sources told us.

That’s a departure from its previous Cape Lookout Re cat bonds, which had all provided the NCIUA with multi-year North Carolina named storm & severe thunderstorm reinsurance protection.

Cat bond investors are less keen to take on attritional loss exposure to severe thunderstorms these days, meaning it’s likely the NCIUA can get better execution by keeping this cat bond just focused on named storms (so hurricanes and tropical storms).

Cape Lookout Re Ltd., the Bermuda special purpose insurer used by NCIUA for its catastrophe bonds, is targeting issuance of a single, preliminarily sized at $200 million, tranche of Series 2023-1 Class A notes, we understand.

These notes will be sold to cat bond investors, with the proceeds to be used to collateralize a retrocessional reinsurance agreement between Cape Lookout Re Ltd. and fronting reinsurer Hannover Re, with the reinsurance firm then entering into a reinsurance agreement with the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCIUA) to pass on the coverage.

The $200 million or more in notes will provide the NCIUA with a capital markets backed source of indemnity and annual aggregate reinsurance protection against named storm losses, over a three year term, with qualifying losses needing to drive a $25 million or greater impact to the insurer of last resort to qualify.

The Series 2023-1 Class A notes will sit at an attachment of $2.88 billion of losses, covering a $500 million layer to $3.38 billion, giving them an initial attachment probability of 1.55%, an initial expected loss of 1.37% and coming with price guidance in a range from 7% to 7.75%, we’re told.

Once issued, this new Cape Lookout Re 2023-1 cat bond will sit higher than other in-force cat bond coverage the NCIUA has, which this will give the insurer a chance to grow its capital markets support as a share of its reinsurance tower.

You can read all about this new Cape Lookout Re Ltd. (Series 2023-1) transaction and every other cat bond ever issued in our Artemis Deal Directory.

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