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PRESS RELEASEApril 17, 2024

World Bank Issues $420 Million in Catastrophe Bonds for Renewed Disaster Risk Protection for Mexico

Washington D.C., April 17, 2024 - The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or IBRD, AAA/Aaa), issued three catastrophe (cat) bonds that finance $420 million of insurance coverage for the Government of Mexico against named storm events along the Atlantic coast of Mexico and earthquake events. The cat bonds replace and increase by $60 million the previous cat bonds for these perils.

Mexico is highly exposed to many natural hazards. Over 40 percent of the country’s territory and nearly a third of the population is exposed to hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. In economic terms, this translates to 30 percent of the country’s GDP considered to be at-risk from three or more hazards and more than 70 percent at risk from two or more hazards. In 2006, Mexico was the first Government to use the cat bond market for its risk financing needs, and since then has sponsored 20 cat bonds.

The cat bonds were issued under IBRD’s “capital at risk” notes program, which can be used to transfer risks related to natural disasters and other risks from developing countries to the capital markets. The bonds attracted 27 institutional investors from around the world, providing financing for catastrophe insurance to Mexico for four years, with payouts triggered if an earthquake or named storm event meets the parametric criteria for location and severity set forth in the bond terms.  Payouts, funded by principal reductions of the bonds, will be passed by IBRD to the Government of Mexico through the intermediation of Munich Re, and Agroasemex, S.A., a Mexican state-owned insurance company.

“For almost two decades, Mexico has been partnering with the World Bank to access the risk-bearing capacity of the capital markets for its disaster risk management. The continued success of these transactions is a good example for other countries we are working with, as they consider the capital markets as a resource for financial protection against unpredictable natural events,” said Jorge Familiar, Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank.

“The issuance of the 2024-2028 Cat Bonds is a fundamental part of the federal strategy for Financial Management of Disaster Risks and reaffirms  the commitment of the Government of Mexico to increase protection to the population affected by a disaster, to safeguard macroeconomic stability and have additional resources to deal with potential external shocks caused by natural disasters”, said Héctor Santana Suárez, Head of Insurance, Pensions and Social Security in the Ministry of Finance of México. “The new coverage includes a higher insured amount, optimizes risk modeling and incorporates improvements in the exposure and parameters for the activation of the Bonds”.

“Mexico has been a leader in having a comprehensive disaster risk financing strategy and using innovative instruments, such as cat bonds to mitigate disasters’ impact on public finances,” said Mark Roland Thomas, World Bank Country Director for Mexico.

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, Aon, and Munich Re were the joint structuring agents. GC Securities and Aon were joint bookrunners for the transaction.  AIR Worldwide is the risk modeler and calculation agent.

“Aon Securities is pleased to partner with the World Bank to help the Government of Mexico bring another successful transaction to the capital markets. The Government of Mexico is very focused on activities and projects, including risk management, that generate positive impacts on society and the environment. We’re very proud to be a part of this mission and to also contribute to the Government of Mexico’s continued capital markets leadership,” said Paul Schultz, CEO, Aon Securities.

“We are delighted to have structured and placed Mexico’s catastrophe bond renewal, which provides Mexico with enhanced protection to April 2028 for Atlantic hurricanes and earthquakes affecting Mexico, demonstrating our commitment to empowering sustainable futures for Mexico. We celebrate Mexico’s almost 20-year commitment to protecting its country from the significant financial effects of Atlantic hurricane and earthquakes through the use of catastrophe bonds and partnership with the World Bank and its Capital-at-Risk Notes program,” Cory Anger, Managing Director, GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC.

“Munich Re congratulates and is pleased that we had the opportunity to support the Mexican Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit as well as the World Bank by structuring and acting as fronting reinsurer in order to facilitate this successful capital market risk transfer,” said Andreas Müller, Head of Global Retro and ILS, Munich Re.

Catastrophe Bonds Investor Distribution

Geographic Distribution


Investor Type




ILS Fund


North America



Insurer / Reinsurer





Pension Fund


Asia / Australia



Asset Management / Hedge Fund


Summary Bond Terms and Conditions

Type of Note



World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)

Covered Perils

Class A: Earthquake event

Class B: Earthquake event

Class C: Named Storms – Atlantic Coast

Size (Aggregate Nominal Amount) *

US $420 million catastrophe bond

Class A: $225 million

Class B:  $70 million

Class C:  $125 million

Trigger Type

Parametric, Per Occurrence

Trade Date

April 4, 2024

Settlement Date

April 17, 2024

Scheduled Maturity Date

April 24, 2028

Issue Price


Coupon (per annum)

Compounded SOFR + Funding Margin + Risk Margin

Funding Margin

0.22% per annum

Risk Margin (Risk Period)

Class A: 4%

Class B: 11%

Class C: 13.5%

Redemption Amount

The Outstanding Nominal Amount on each Class reduced by any Principal Reductions and/or Partial Repayments on that Class of bond


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 projects or programs.

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 of the applicable Class.  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.



Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance

World Bank Treasury





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