AIG announced that it has entered into a reinsurance transaction with Compass Re Ltd., which will provide $400 million of peak-zone protection against U.S. hurricanes and earthquakes. To fund its potential obligations to AIG, Compass Re Ltd. issued a $400 million catastrophe bond in a single tranche.
The transaction closed on December 27, 2012 and provides AIG with fully collateralized coverage against the losses described above on a per-occurrence basis (under a reinsurance agreement related to the notes) through December 2014 using an index trigger with state-specific payment factors. With this transaction, AIG has sponsored $1.85 billion in catastrophe bonds over the past three years, enhancing its role as a market leader in the catastrophe bond marketplace.
Compass Re Ltd. is a special purpose insurer, incorporated under the laws of Bermuda, which has established a program structure enabling potential future catastrophe bond issuances.
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