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CATCo Reinsurance Opps Fund Ltd
02 October 2017
 

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION, RELEASE, OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN, OR INTO, THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR ANY JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE SAME WOULD BE UNLAWFUL OR TO U.S. PERSONS. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR FORM PART OF ANY OFFER TO ISSUE OR SELL, OR ANY SOLICITATION OF ANY OFFER TO SUBSCRIBE OR PURCHASE, ANY INVESTMENTS IN ANY JURISDICTION.

 

2 October 2017

 

CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd.

(the "Company")

 

Potential equity issue and Portfolio Update

 

The Company today announces that the Board and Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd. ("Markel CATCo"), the Company's investment manager, are proposing to raise further funds via the Markel CATCo Diversified Fund (a segregated account of Markel CATCo Reinsurance Fund Ltd), in which the Company invests substantially all of its assets (the "Master Fund").

 

Recent hurricane events affecting parts of the U.S.A. and the Caribbean have resulted in increased pricing within the retrocessional reinsurance market and in addition a requirement by the Company for new capital.

 

The Board and Markel CATCo believe that it is appropriate to offer this opportunity to investors in the Company, in response to demand from both current shareholders and new investors.  To facilitate this fundraise, it is intended that a prospectus will be published in early November with a view to closing the fundraise by the end of November. The fundraise will be by way of a placing of new C-Shares.

 

Whilst significant uncertainty regarding the market impact of the recent events exists, based on current loss estimates, and assuming no further significant catastrophic events for the remaining part of the year, the Company currently estimates a NAV return for 2017 of between positive five percent to negative 15 percent.

 

For further information:

 

Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd.

 

Judith Wynne

General Counsel

Telephone: +1 441 493 9005

Email: judith.wynne@markelcatco.com

 

Mark Way

Chief Operating Officer

Telephone: +1 441 493 9001

Email: mark.way@markelcatco.com

Numis Securities Limited

 

David Benda / Hugh Jonathan

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7260 1000

 

Important notice

 

This Announcement contains Inside Information as defined under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

This Announcement has been issued by and is the sole responsibility of the Company.

 

No representation or warranty express or implied, is or will be made as to, or in relation to, and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted by Numis or by any of its respective affiliates or agents as to or in relation to, the accuracy or completeness of this Announcement or any other written or oral information made available to or publicly available to any interested party or its advisers, and any liability therefore is expressly disclaimed.

 

Neither this Announcement nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any offer or commitment whatsoever in any jurisdiction.

 

This Announcement and the information contained herein is not for publication, release or distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa or any jurisdiction in which the same would be unlawful. This Announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire shares in the capital of the Company.

 

Shares in the Company have not been, or will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or with any securities regulatory authority of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States, and accordingly may not be offered, sold or transferred within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, registration under the Securities Act. No offering of the New Shares is being made in the United States or to U.S. persons as defined in and in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Company has not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended and investors will not be entitled to the benefits of that Act.

 

Numis, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority, is acting for the Company and is acting for no-one else in connection with the issue and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to its clients nor for providing advice in relation to the proposed issue or any other matter referred to herein. To the fullest extent permitted by law recipients agree that Numis shall not have any liability (direct or indirect) for or in connection with this Announcement or any matters arising out of or in connection herewith. Numis has not authorised the contents of, or any part of, this document.

 

This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an invitation to subscribe for or otherwise acquire or dispose of securities in the Company in any jurisdiction. The information contained in this Announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. This Announcement does not constitute or form part of any offer to issue or sell, or any solicitation of any offer to subscribe or purchase, any investments in any jurisdiction nor shall it (or the fact of its distribution) form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefor.


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