Swiss Re Capital Markets structures and places inaugural USD 160 million catastrophe bond for Farmers Insurance Group®

Armonk, NY (Dec. 27, 2021) – Swiss Re Capital Markets successfully closed the USD 160 million Series 2021-1 Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes transaction issued by Topanga Re Ltd. on behalf of the companies comprising the Farmers Insurance Group® (“Farmers”). The transaction represents an inaugural issuance to be completed by Farmers and provides collateralized reinsurance protection against named storms, earthquakes, severe weather, and fire that affect the United States.

Swiss Re Capital Markets acted as the joint structuring agent and sole bookrunner.

Farmers’ inaugural transaction consist of two classes of principal at-risk variable rate notes as issued by Topanga Re Ltd., a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Bermuda (the “Issuer”). Through the issuance, Farmers secured USD100 million of per-occurrence protection across a 4-year risk period and USD 60 million of annual aggregate protection across a 2-year risk period, respectively, both on an indemnity basis. The transaction also included an innovative 4-year subrogation extension feature to improve the mechanics by which investors are able to benefit from subrogation recoveries.

Jean-Louis Monnier, Head of Retro & ILS Structuring of Swiss Re’s Alternative Capital Partners, said: “Swiss Re is proud to have advised Farmers in structuring and placing its first-ever catastrophe bond. Investors welcomed the innovative subrogation extension mechanism as it better aligns potential ILS recoveries with those of traditional reinsurance. This innovation was essential to allow Farmers to efficiently complement its per-occurrence and aggregate reinsurance programs with an ILS issuance.”

The Topanga Re Ltd. notes were sold pursuant to Rule 144A of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws; they may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

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