Press Release|Insurance

KBRA Publishes Surveillance Report for the California Earthquake Authority's Series 2022A Revenue Bonds

28 Sep 2023   |   New York


On September 14, 2023, KBRA affirmed the A+ long-term credit rating (LTCR) for the California Earthquake Authority's (CEA) Series 2022A Revenue Bonds. The Outlook is Stable.

The rating on the revenue bonds is based on KBRA's assessment of the CEA's financial strength as an essential earthquake insurance provider in the state of California as well as key structural aspects of the bonds. As of June 30, 2023, the CEA has multiple sources of claims paying capacity (CPC) totaling $19.7 billion, which approximates a modelled 1-365-year return period loss event and provides ample coverage of a recast of the top two historical events, the San Francisco and Northridge earthquakes. The CEA is the leading insurer for residential earthquake risk in California and has demonstrated deep knowledge and technical capabilities for this highly specialized insurance peril and has maintained a sophisticated and diversified risk transfer program. A high quality investment portfolio with a strong liquidity profile is a favorable credit factor. Balancing these strengths is the potential for operational risk, as there has not been a major earthquake in California since Northridge, and as historical earthquake events and data are limited, modeled earthquake losses could be subject to significant model error. In addition to model error, there is the potential of significant unmodelled events. Given the impact of market conditions which has contributed to an overall hardening of the global reinsurance market relative to an increasing exposure base, reinsurance costs for the CEA have increased and could pose challenges to place future risk transfer programs.

The California Earthquake Authority Revenue Bonds benefit from a pledged security interest in future premiums collected on CEA earthquake policies across the state as well as a pledge of the CEA’s Available Capital as defined under the California Insurance Code. The CEA issues Revenue Bonds to enhance its CPC, diversify its capital structure, and reduce the cost of its risk transfer program.

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