Hamilton Sponsors Inaugural 144A Catastrophe Bond
HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 22, 2021 – Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. (“Hamilton” or “the Company”) today announced that, through its Hamilton ILS business unit, it has sponsored its first 144A industry loss index-triggered catastrophe bond (“cat bond”) through the issuance of Series 2020-1 Class A Principal-at-Risk Variable Rate Notes by Easton Re Pte, Ltd. (“Easton Re”). Easton Re will provide the Company’s operating platforms with multi-year risk transfer capacity of US$150 million to protect against named storm and earthquake risk in the United States.
“We’re extremely pleased to announce the success of this new cat bond transaction, which is the first of its kind for Hamilton,” said Tony Ursano, Group CFO at Hamilton. “That we were able to attract significant investor interest and to execute the transaction at highly competitive pricing well below initial market guidance, underscores our position as a growing and respected global specialty insurance and reinsurance carrier, focused on becoming a best in class underwriter.”
“This transaction, together with the recent launch of Ada Capital Management Limited, underwriting on behalf of Ada Re, Ltd., a Bermuda-registered special purpose insurer, illustrates how we are gaining momentum in our ILS strategy,” said Hanni Ali, SVP, Strategic Partnerships. “We aim to build a significant third-party capital management platform through the continued development of partnerships with institutional investors across the globe.”
Formed in Singapore as a special purpose reinsurance vehicle, Easton Re is the first index-based transaction approved for issuance by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The risk period for Easton Re will run from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.
GC Securities acted as Sole Structuring Agent and Sole Bookrunner. Sidley Austin LLP acted as deal counsel.
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