World Bank Executes its Largest Single Country Catastrophe Bond and Swap Transaction to Provide Chile $630 Million in Financial Protection Against Earthquakes

Mar 20

Washington D.C., March 17, 2023 - The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), today priced a joint catastrophe bond and swap transaction that provides a total of $630 million of earthquake insurance coverage to the Government of Chile, which consists of $350 million of catastrophe bonds and $280 million of catastrophe swaps. By simultaneously offering the risk to both bond investors and to insurance and reinsurance companies in swap form, the World Bank and Chile were able to access a larger amount of risk bearing capacity than either market could offer on its own.

The transaction provides Chile with financial protection to mitigate the potentially disruptive economic impacts of earthquakes and resulting tsunamis. It makes funds readily available in the case of disaster, protects Chile’s fiscal budget, and reduces the potential need to mobilize debt in an event’s aftermath.  It provides coverage for three years with payouts triggered if an earthquake meets the pre-defined parametric criteria for location and severity.  

This will be the first catastrophe bond listed in on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX). It is IBRD’s largest catastrophe risk transfer transaction for a single country, its nineteenth catastrophe bond and the second for Chile. The first for Chile was issued in March 2018 as part of a transaction that also included bonds issued by IBRD for the three other Pacific Alliance countries Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Mario Marcel, Minister of Finance, Republic of Chile, thanked the World Bank for the support in this transaction. “This constitutes a new step made by Chile towards a better protected and resilient public finances, in the face of large-scale natural catastrophe events, such as an earthquake, and is part of a comprehensive strategy that reinforces our commitment to fiscal responsibility, which has been highlighted by different local and international agents.”

We are pleased to have partnered with the Government of Chile on this important transaction. It is another example of how the World Bank mobilizes private capital for development and supports disaster risk management in our member countries,” said Anshula Kant, Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer.  “We are encouraged by the extremely strong demand for the transaction from both bond investors and insurance counterparts who have shown their support for a more resilient future for the people of Chile.”

“Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, experiencing some of the largest earthquakes ever recorded,” said Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean“Through the intermediation of the World Bank, this CAT bond allows Chile to transfer major earthquake risks to the capital markets while enabling the authorities to respond quickly to the needs of citizens when calamities strike.”

Aon Securities, GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, and Swiss Re Capital Markets were Joint Structuring Agent, Joint Manager and Joint Bookrunner. Mercer Investments (HK) Limited (“MIHK”) was the Joint Manager. AIR Worldwide provided the risk modeling and analysis for the transaction.

"Aon Securities is pleased to partner with the World Bank to help the Republic of Chile return to the market for another successful transaction. We are proud to be an integral part of Chile’s broader plan to manage the financial risks of natural disasters, and we look forward to assisting with the next phase of this journey,” said Paul Schultz, Chairman and CEO Aon Securities.

“We are very pleased to have worked with the Government of Chile and the World Bank on this important transaction which closes the protection gap and further builds momentum in transfer of global public catastrophic risk to the capital and reinsurance markets,” said Cory Anger, Managing Director of GC Securities.

Catastrophe Bonds Investor Distribution

Catastrophe Swap Counterpart Distribution

Europe  - 60%

North America  – 36%

Bermuda  – 4%

Summary Bond Terms and Conditions


This press release is not an offer for sale of securities of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("IBRD"), also known in the capital markets as "World Bank".  Any offering of World Bank bonds described herein will take place solely on the basis of the relevant offering documentation including, but not limited to, the Prospectus, the Prospectus Supplement, the Final Terms and any related legal documentation.   Investing in the bonds described herein is speculative and involves a high degree of risk including the risk of a total loss of principal amount.  The bonds will be offered and sold, and may be reoffered and sold, only to investors who (i) are “qualified institutional buyers” within the meaning of Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and (ii) are residents of and purchasing in, and will hold the bonds in, a permitted U.S. jurisdiction or a permitted non-U.S. jurisdiction (and meet the other requirements set forth under “Notice to Investors” in the Prospectus Supplement). The bonds will not transferable except in accordance with the restrictions described under “Notice to Investors” in the Prospectus Supplement.

Net proceeds of the bonds described herein are not committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs.  Payments on the bonds described herein are not funded by any particular project or program.

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