GREENSBORO, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (“Arch MI”) announced today that it has obtained $653,278,000 of indemnity reinsurance from Bellemeade Re 2018-2 Ltd., a special purpose insurer. The reinsurance is for a portfolio of mortgage insurance (MI) policies issued by Arch MI and affiliates between April 2013 and December 2015. The senior M-1A class notes received ratings of AAA from Morningstar and A+sf from Fitch Ratings.
This transaction marks the third time Arch MI has accessed the capital markets for a risk transfer involving a mortgage insurance portfolio. Altogether, five Bellemeade transactions have been completed and have garnered nearly $2 billion of reinsurance protection for loans representing more than $192 billion of unpaid principal balance. This transaction’s $653,278,000 of reinsurance protection is believed to be the largest insurance-linked security (ILS) issue backed by a portfolio of MI policies.
As the Bellemeade transactions have increased in dollar value, they have also received additional interest from investors. This latest issue features 26 participants compared to 17 investors for the first Bellemeade transaction in 2015.
Bellemeade Re 2018-2 Ltd. is funding its reinsurance obligations through the issuance of four classes of amortizing notes with 10-year legal final maturities. This ILS transaction provides Arch with collateralized coverage from Bellemeade Re 2018-2 Ltd. for potential losses on a portion of its MI portfolio.
Andrew Rippert, CEO of Arch’s Global Mortgage Group said, “Arch has and will continue to be a leader and innovator in the insurance-linked securities space. These Bellemeade transactions provide us with flexibility in our overall mortgage insurance portfolio and allow us to effectively manage regulatory capital.” Rippert added, “This particular issue is notable for its size, the vintages of the reference pool and the high ratings assigned by the agencies.”
About Arch Mortgage Insurance Company
Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s U.S. mortgage insurance operation, Arch MI, is a leading provider of private insurance covering mortgage credit risk. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, with significant operations in Walnut Creek, California, Arch MI's mission is to protect lenders against credit risk, while extending the possibility of responsible home ownership to qualified borrowers. Arch MI’s flagship mortgage insurer, Arch Mortgage Insurance Company, is licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit archmi.com.
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