USD 260 million Cancellation Bond issued for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
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The 2006 FIFA World Cup cancellation bond to the amount of USD 260 million has been launched successfully.
The transaction transfers the risk of cancellation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup to the capital markets. The transaction is the first ever involving the transfer of event risk (i.e. the risk of a sporting event being cancelled) and the first to transfer the risk of man-made catastrophe as well as natural catastrophe to the capital markets.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomed the successful launch: "FIFA is delighted with the positive response from the international capital market. This serves as yet another indication of the excellent reputation our organisation enjoys throughout the world." The investors will assume the risk of the cancellation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup for any reason other than certain specified events, such as world war or boycott. The highly innovative transaction structure represents a significant development in the securitisation market.
Credit Suisse First Boston is sole lead manager and sole bookrunner for the transaction. Swiss Re Capital Markets is a co-lead manager.
The four-tranche issue, with an expected maturity of 3 years, has been priced as follows:
Class Size % of total Moody's rating Coupon
A1 USD 210m 80 A3 150 basis points over 3m $ Libor
A2 CHF30m 9 A3 2.851% fixed rate
A3 ııEUR16m 7 A3 150 basis points over 3m Euribor
A4 USD10m 4 A3 3.895% fixed rate
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