Swiss Re successfully places USD 150 million in a flood and earthquake securitization for the benefit of Allianz

10 April 2007, Zurich

Swiss Re has successfully structured and placed USD 150 million of securities covering flood and earthquake catastrophic events in Great Britain, Canada and the United States on behalf of Allianz.

Swiss Re structured and placed the securitization for Allianz Global Corporate, Specialty AG and acted as the sole bookrunner for the initial offering of USD 150 million. The multiperil issuance is part of a USD 1 billion programme, which provides protection against high severity losses incurred from earthquakes in Canada or the United States (excluding California) and river floods in Great Britain. This offering of notes by Blue Wings Ltd., closed on 3 April 2007.

Blue Wings is the first insurance linked securities programme to provide cover against flood. In case of a natural catastrophic event of the perils defined, the programme would pay a claim based on pre-defined parameters and calculated by the risk modelling company Risk Management Solutions (RMS).

The loss caused by an earthquake in Canada or the United States will be based on a modeled loss of a notional portfolio of exposures. If in an earthquake event, the notional modeled loss amount exceeds pre-defined attachment points, the noteholders will experience a reduction of their principal.

To calculate river floods there are at least 50 reference locations across Great Britain at which flood depth is measured. For an event to trigger the bonds, river segments connected with at least four reference locations must be on severe flood warning by the UK Environmental Agency.

Details of the notes placed in the initial offering are:

Class Size in mio. Rating Expected Maturity Coupon
A 150 BB+ 10 January 2012 Libor +315 b.p. p.a.

 

The transaction attracted considerable investor demand, was over-subscribed, and met by strong interest from a wide variety of investors including, dedicated ILS Funds, Hedge Funds and Money Managers.

All these securities have been sold. This announcement is a matter of record only. The notes referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the securities laws of any jurisdiction, and any offer or sale thereof may only be made in a transaction exempt from registration.

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