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Records smashed as insurers secure $4.5bn of catastrophe bond coverage in second quarter, according to Aon Benfield ILS study

Chicago, 07/08/2014 – Aon Benfield Securities, the investment banking division of global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor Aon Benfield, today launches its latest report on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, which reviews the key trends witnessed during the second quarter of 2014.

The Insurance-Linked Securities Second Quarter 2014 Update reveals that 12 catastrophe bonds closed during the period with a total value of USD4.5bn – the most of any quarter in the entire history of the ILS market. 

When combined with the near-record first quarter catastrophe bond issuance of USD1.4bn, the ILS market witnessed a record first half 2014 issuance of USD5.9bn – exceeding the prior year period by almost 50 percent (1H 2013: USD4.0bn).

As at June 30, 2014, total catastrophe bonds outstanding remained at a record high, with USD22.4bn of bonds on-risk.

Meanwhile, market pricing conditions for ILS products remained in line with historical lows during the second quarter, as investor demand kept pace with increased supply, allowing sponsors to expand coverage at competitive rates. 

Paul Schultz, Chief Executive Officer of Aon Benfield Securities, said: “After a strong 2013, the ILS market has managed to increase its momentum through the first and second quarters of this year, with new records being set for issuance volumes and more catastrophe bonds on-risk than at any other time in the market’s history. We believe that there are still further opportunities for expansion, especially if the sector continues to innovate in terms of its product offerings.  For instance, our recently launched CATstream facility enables our clients to access capital markets capacity in around half the time than for a traditional catastrophe bond solution.”

The Insurance-Linked Securities Second Quarter 2014 Update highlights that, for the second quarter of 2014, each of the Aon Benfield ILS Indices posted an increase: the All Bond and BB-rated Bond indices gained 0.80 percent and 0.32 percent respectively, while the U.S. Hurricane Bond and U.S. Earthquake Bond indices gained 0.86 percent and 0.87 percent respectively.

For the trailing 12 months, as at June 30 all Aon Benfield ILS Indices posted gains, with the All Bond and BB-rated Bond indices gained 7.74 percent and 4.99 percent respectively, while the U.S. Hurricane Bond and U.S. Earthquake Bond indices gained 8.94 percent and 4.33 percent respectively.

With strong growth continuing in this sector, Aon Benfield Securities forecasts that 2014 could be a record year for the ILS market. 

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Aon Benfield Securities, Inc. and Aon Benfield Securities Limited (collectively, “Aon Benfield Securities”) provide insurance and reinsurance clients with a full suite of insurance-linked securities products, including catastrophe bonds, contingent capital, collateralized reinsurance, industry loss warranties, sidecars and derivative products. As a recognized leader in this investment banking market, Aon Benfield Securities is helping clients to empower results by offering underwriting and placement of new issues, financial advisory services, as well as securities trading in the secondary market. Aon Benfield Securities’ integration with Aon Benfield Inc’s reinsurance operation expands its capability to provide analytics, modeling, rating agency, and other consultative services.  Aon Benfield Inc., Aon Benfield Securities, Inc. and Aon Benfield Securities Limited are all wholly-owned subsidiaries of Aon plc.  Securities advice, products and services are offered solely though Aon Benfield Securities, Inc. and/or Aon Benfield Securities Limited.

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