The summer of 2017 brought a plethora of catastrophic insurance events including: hurricane heavy-hitters Harvey, Ivan, and Maria, two earthquakes in Mexico and scorching wildfires in California causing over $100 billion in insured losses.1 The rising costs of property and casualty (P&C) rates are no secret and our projection is that these increases will continue through at least the first part of 2018. This along with the unique exposures faced by multi-family owners and managers poses a challenge for their insurance renewal. Despite these increasing costs, losses and the inherent risks that may come with writing coverage on Multi-Family Real Estate business, a well-informed property owner partnering with an experienced broker with industry knowledge, can work together to obtain a comprehensive program at the best possible price and coverage terms.
Traditionally, the Surety Industry has been reluctant to provide a bond line for a company whose ownership is being transferred to a Private Equity Fund. The only option for a Private Equity Sponsor during the diligence phase has been to approach the existing bond carrier with the assistance of management and the existing surety broker. Quite often the broker and surety are uncomfortable with a Private Equity transaction’s leveraged balance sheet. As a result, the existing surety requires additional security in the form of personal, outside indemnity, or a letter of credit in the amount of 50% to 100% of the outstanding bond exposure. With that said, the majority of surety underwriters will decline to participate on a post-close basis.