Qatar Re raises $450m through bond issuance

 09 Mar 2017 - 1:18

Qatar Re raises $450m through bond issuance

The Peninsula

Qatar Insurance Company’s reinsurance subsidiary “Qatar Re (Bermuda) Limited”, announced the successful placement of $450m of Reg S Perpetual non-call 5.5 subordinated Tier 2 notes guaranteed on a subordinated basis by QIC to institutional investors representing its debut issuance in the international debt capital markets.   
The issue attracted over 290 orders for more than $6.5bn and achieved a very balanced global distribution with 30 percent Asia, 29 percent UK, 20 percent Middle East, 19 percent Cont. Europe and 2 percent from other regions.
The initial coupon has been set at 4.95 percent per annum. It will be fixed until the first call date in September 2022 and reset to 5 year MS plus the initial margin, and every 5 years thereafter.
Qatar Insurance Company is a global diversified insurance and reinsurance company based out of Doha, Qatar, with operations in all major insurance and reinsurance centres globally and provides innovative solutions to meet the insurance needs of its clients.  
The issue will enable the company to respond to increased demands and support its comprehensive service proposition with substantial capacity.The notes will be treated as Tier 2 capital from a regulatory perspective in both Bermuda for Qatar Re and Qatar for QIC.  Additionally, the notes, rated BBB+ by S&P, have been structured to meet S&P’s requirements for intermediate equity content within its total adjusted capital, and equity credit from A.M. Best, for the QIC Group.  
Khalifa Abdulla Turki Al Subaey (pictured) Group President  and CEO of QIC Group said: “Interest from investors was outstanding following an extensive roadshow.  This new $450m issue reinforces our efficient capital structure that offers excellent security to policyholders and positions us well for the next phase of growth.”   
Settlement of the notes is expected to take place on March 13. BNP Paribas acted as sole structuring adviser on this transaction. BNP & HSBC jointly acted as Global Coordinators and BNP, HSBC, ENBD & NBAD acted as Joint Bookrunners & Joint Lead Managers.