HAMILTON, Bermuda--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Aspen Reinsurance (“Aspen Re”), the reinsurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (“Aspen”) (NYSE: AHL), announces that its Aspen Capital Markets division renewed Silverton Re Ltd. (“Silverton Re”) for 2017.
“When we established Aspen Capital Markets over three years ago, our objective was to develop alternative reinsurance structures to leverage our existing underwriting franchise, increase our operational flexibility in the capital markets and provide investors with direct access to our underwriting expertise.”
Silverton Re, a Bermuda-domiciled special purpose insurer, was established in December 2013 to provide additional collateralized capacity to support Aspen Re’s global reinsurance business.
Silverton Re was renewed in December 2016 with $130 million of capital raised to write a quota share of Aspen Re’s property catastrophe portfolio for 2017, which compares with the $125 million of capital raised in December 2015. Aspen is investing $25 million with the additional funding secured from third-party investors. Aon Securities Inc. acted as the placement agent. The capital is being raised through the issuance of Series 2017-1 Participating Notes which will mature on September 16, 2019.
Silverton Re will enter into a quota share retrocession agreement with Aspen Bermuda Limited and Aspen Insurance UK Limited under which Silverton Re will reinsure a proportionate share of Aspen Re’s globally diversified property catastrophe excess of loss portfolio.
Thomas Lillelund, Chief Executive Officer, Aspen Re, said: “When we established Aspen Capital Markets over three years ago, our objective was to develop alternative reinsurance structures to leverage our existing underwriting franchise, increase our operational flexibility in the capital markets and provide investors with direct access to our underwriting expertise.
“Silverton Re is an integral part of this strategy and gives investors access to diversified natural catastrophe risk backed by the distribution, underwriting, analytical and research expertise of Aspen Re. We are delighted with the progress that Brian Tobben and the Aspen Capital Markets team have made to date as we continue to develop strong partnerships with new investors.”
This release is not an offer of securities for sale into the United States or elsewhere. No securities may be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), including pursuant to the private offering exemption provided by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and the provisions of Regulation D promulgated thereunder.
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About Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited
Aspen provides reinsurance and insurance coverage to clients in various domestic and global markets through wholly-owned subsidiaries and offices in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For the year ended December 31, 2015, Aspen reported $11.0 billion in total assets, $4.9 billion in gross reserves, $3.4 billion in shareholders’ equity and $3.0 billion in gross written premiums. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of “A” by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, an “A” (“Excellent”) by A.M. Best Company Inc. and an “A2” by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.
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