06Sep13

Press release

Group

SCOR enters into extreme mortality risk transfer contract with Atlas IX (Series 2013-1)

In line with the SCOR group’s policy of diversifying its capital protection tools, SCOR Global Life SE, the subsidiary of SCOR SE encompassing SCOR’s worldwide Life & Health reinsurance operations, announces its intention to enter into a risk transfer contract with Atlas IX Capital Limited (“Atlas IX”), providing the Group with protection against extreme mortality events in the US, such as pandemics, natural catastrophes and terrorist attacks. The risk transfer contract will provide USD 180 million of extreme mortality protection, for a risk period extending from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2018.

In line with the SCOR group’s policy of diversifying its capital protection tools, SCOR Global Life SE, the subsidiary of SCOR SE encompassing SCOR’s worldwide Life & Health reinsurance operations, announces its intention to enter into a risk transfer contract with Atlas IX Capital Limited (“Atlas IX”), providing the Group with protection against extreme mortality events in the US, such as pandemics, natural catastrophes and terrorist attacks. The risk transfer contract will provide USD 180 million of extreme mortality protection, for a risk period extending from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2018.
 
Atlas IX is a newly formed Irish limited company, which will collateralize its obligations under the risk transfer contract using the proceeds from the offering of Principal-At-Risk Notes. Thus, SCOR bears no credit risk exposure to Atlas IX. Aon Benfield Securities Inc. acted as sole structuring agent, together with Natixis and BNP Paribas as joint bookrunners. It is expected that Standard & Poor's will rate the Notes at BB.
 
The risk transfer contract is based on a US population mortality index that has been weighted by age and gender in order to reflect SCOR Global Life’s portfolio in the US.
 
According to the structure of the arrangement, a payment will be triggered if, at any time during the risk period, the observed index value exceeds the defined attachment point of 102%. At any index level between the attachment point and the exhaustion point of 104%, Atlas IX Capital Limited will pay to SCOR a pro-rata amount of the notional USD amounts.
 
Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the execution of the risk transfer contract and the offering of notes by Atlas IX are expected to close during the week commencing 9 September 2013.
 
 
Gilles Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SCOR Global Life, comments: ”The Series 2013-1 note offering of Atlas IX has created tremendous interest, enabling SCOR Global Life to secure substantial protection against its increased pandemic exposure following the strong growth of its portfolio, with the acquisition of Generali U.S. being the latest example. In combination with the innovation of an exceptionally low attachment point, the secured protection represents a very cost efficient risk mitigation tool.”        
 
Denis Kessler, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of SCOR, comments: “Series 2013-1 of Atlas IX represents a first step in the implementation of SCOR’s recently released new three-year strategic plan “Optimal Dynamics”. The secured pandemic protection will in particular address two of the cornerstones of the SCOR group – a controlled risk appetite and a robust capital shield. In addition the transaction underlines the Group’s aim to leverage the increasing convergence between reinsurance and capital markets.
 
The protection of its capital has for many years constituted a strategic axis for the Group. SCOR regularly uses solutions proposed by the capital markets, with thirteen transactions completed to date:
 
  • Atlas Reinsurance I, II, III and IV, Atlas V and Atlas VI Series 2009-1, Series 2010-1 and Series 2011-1&2; Atlas Reinsurance VII;
  • the Helix cat bond issued by Converium, which was integrated into the SCOR group in 2007;
  • a contingent capital programme;
  • two mortality swaps against major pandemics, natural catastrophes and terrorist attacks.

Contact

Marie-Laurence Bouchon

Group Head of Communications

+33 (0)1 58 44 75 43

mbouchon@scor.com

 

Ian Kelly

Head of Investor Relations

+44 203 207 8561

ikelly@scor.com