U.S. Public Finance

Assured Guaranty is the leading provider of municipal bond insurance in the United States.

Our municipal credit enhancement products include:

  • Municipal bond insurance policies covering principal and interest, for both new issues and those already trading in the secondary market
  • Surety policies that take the place of cash-funded reserves in municipal bond transactions

We guarantee a wide range of municipal bond types supported either by tax revenues or revenues from essential public projects or services. We insure both tax-exempt and taxable municipal bonds.

While we have two platforms – AGM, insuring only public finance transactions; and AGC, a diversified provider – we are one team, applying a uniform underwriting standard and dedicated to the highest level of customer service. In addition to the large municipal bond insurance department in AGM/AGC’s New York headquarters, we maintain a fully staffed western regional office in San Francisco.

Q1 2023 Results

Assured Guaranty continued to lead the municipal bond insurance market by a wide margin in the first quarter of 2023, while the industry’s total insured par declined along with the decline in the total new-issue volume. Industry bond insurance penetration for first quarter 2023 of 7.7% was reasonably consistent with the full-year penetration rate in 2022 of 8.0% and remained well above the levels we saw before the pandemic. We believe recent years’ higher penetration rates reflect both investors’ increased awareness of the benefits that bond insurance provides, especially during volatile economic conditions, and issuers’ recognition of its cost-effectiveness.

Assured Guaranty insured 60% of insured new issue par sold in the first quarter based on $3.4 billion of new issue insured par from 124 transactions. We continued to benefit from institutional investor demand for Assured Guaranty’s insurance on larger transactions. During the quarter, we insured eight transactions with $100 million or more in insured par, which totaled approximately $1.6 billion. These included a $365 million transaction for the Lower Colorado River Authority in Texas, a $325 million transaction for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Project in Florida, $320 million for Georgia Municipal Electric Authority (MEAG) consisting of two transactions, and a $135 million transaction for the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis in Missouri; all five deals were entirely wrapped by Assured Guaranty.

Among AA credits (defined as those credits rated in the double-A category by S&P or Moody’s on an uninsured basis), Assured Guaranty insured 15 primary transactions for a total of $788 million of insured par during the quarter, indicating the breadth of our value proposition.

2022 Full-Year Results

In a market where yields surged higher by hundreds of basis points, causing issuance to contract by more than 20%, bond insurance and, more specifically, Assured Guaranty rose to the occasion to deliver value to a wide range of market participants. In no area was this displayed more prominently than new secondary market insurance on previously issued bonds. While always an important part of our business, this segment grew in significance this year as traders, investors and portfolio managers engaged with Assured Guaranty to produce record volume not seen in over a decade.

Assured Guaranty wrapped $3.3 billion of par across 364 secondary market transactions with over 30 firms. The surge in demand for our wrap on the secondary market is best illustrated when compared with the previous year’s volume of $437 million, demonstrating 650% annual growth. The product was particularly useful in giving investors market liquidity and portfolio management flexibility on lower coupon bonds as rates surged higher and bond prices fell.

While secondary market activity led the headlines for the year, primary market activity remains the cornerstone of our efforts to deliver savings to municipal issuers. The shift towards greater demand for insurance, which first occurred during the pandemic, was well‐maintained in 2022 as insured penetration remained at the 8% level for the third year in a row.  In the fourth quarter of 2022, the penetration rate reached 8.7% - the industry’s highest fourth quarter penetration rate since 2008.  

Assured Guaranty continued to lead the bond insurance market in 2022. Finishing the year with a 70% share of primary market insured par sold in the fourth quarter, Assured Guaranty’s 2022 market share was close to 60%, based on $17.1 billion of new issue insured par from nearly 650 tax-exempt and taxable new issues, including $4.1 billion in the fourth quarter. The transactions represented a broad spectrum of bond sectors, transaction sizes and deal structures, including public-private partnerships. Also, during the year, we guaranteed 31 transactions that each utilized over $100 million of Assured Guaranty insurance, including four where we insured more than $500 million.  

In aggregate for 2022, Assured Guaranty insured $20.4 billion of primary and secondary market insured par, including $2.7 billion from 121 transactions with underlying ratings of AA by S&P and/or Aa by Moody’s. With higher rates and widening spreads, Assured Guaranty’s value proposition and our ability to provide spread savings to issuers came into focus. 

Forward-Looking Statements
Any forward-looking statements made on this page reflect Assured Guaranty’s current views with respect to future events and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. Assured Guaranty’s forward-looking statements, including but not limited to those related to the market for its credit protection products and to the financial health and resilience of the obligors underlying its insured portfolio, could be affected by the development, course and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the governmental and private actions taken in response (including governmental responses that could reduce demand for the Company’s credit protection products), and the global consequences of the pandemic and such actions, and other factors identified in Assured Guaranty’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on its website, and other risks and uncertainties that have not been identified at this time. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are made as of April 21, 2023. Assured Guaranty does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.




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SERIES 2022A due 2047
and SERIES 2022B (Taxable)

Contact Information

  • William J. Hogan
  • Senior Managing Director
  • 212 408 6006
  • Email
  • Christopher Chafizadeh
  • Senior Managing Director
  • 212 339 0832
  • 914 420 6530
  • Email

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