Lockheed Martin – More Pension De-Risking

Lockheed Martin transferred $4.9 billion in pension obligations to two of Bermuda based Athene’s subsidiaries, Athene Annuity and Life Company and Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York. This is Lockheed’s second pension risk transfer transaction with Athene, and s is Lockheed’s fourth pension de-risking transfer in the last two years. In 2019, […]

NFL Race-Norming Settlement Negotiations

Just one day after the NFL announced that it would work to end  the use of “race-norming” in the NFL Concussion Settlement, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody (E.D. Pa.) granted the request of two former Pittsburgh Steelers, Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport to intervene in the mediation between the NFL and class counsel, Chris Seeger. […]

Recent Pension De-Risking Transactions

February 2020:  Armstrong World Industries transfers $1 Billion for 10,000 retirees to Athene December 2020: Lockheed Martin transfers $1.4 Billion of pension liabilities for 13,500 retirees to MetLife December 2020: Phillips North America transfers $1.2 Billion in pension liabilities for 11,000 retirees to MetLife and Principal December 2020:  GE transfers $1.7 Billion of pension liabilities […]

2020 Pension De-Risking Transfers – No Insurance Co. Disclosed

Not all companies who offload their pension liabilities to insurance companies disclose the name of the company taking on the pension liabilities. Below is a recap of some 2020 transfers where the company did not disclose the insurance company , as reported by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Teradyne Inc. – $24.4 Million Lockheed Martin – […]

Arconic Transfers $1 Billion to MassMutual

Arconic Corporation, the aluminum provider based in Pittsburgh transferred $1 Billion in pension liabilities to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. This transaction affected approximately 8,400 Arconic retirees or beneficiaries. Prior to the transfer, Arconic made a $250 million contribution to its US pension funds. MassMutual  assumes responsibility for making payments to the retirees and beneficiaries […]

GE Transfers $1.7 Billion to Athene

GE  transferred $1.7 Billion in pension liabilities to Athene Annuity and Life Company and Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York in late 2020. This transaction affects approximately 70,000 retirees who have been receiving benefits from GE’s pension plan. Bermuda based Athene Holding has purchased more than $18.5 Billion in pension liabilities affecting […]

Athene Takes over Pension Liabilities from JC Penney

JCPenney, the ailing retailer, declared bankruptcy in May 2020 and sold off its retail operations before emerging from Chapter 11 at the end of 2020.  In early April, Athene Holding took over $2.8 Billion of JC Penney’s pension obligations, completing the termination of JCPenney’s pension plan. Two of Athene’s wholly owned subsidiaries, Athene Annuity and […]

Pension Risk Transfer Facts from 2020

Facts from 2020 First Quarter 2020: “Buy-out” purchases $4.462 Billion Second Quarter 2020: “Buy-out” purchases were $2.270 Billion Third Quarter 2020: “Buy-out” purchases were $4.599 Billion Fourth Quarter 2020: “Buy-out” purchases were $13.680 Billion Total “Buy-out” contracts for 2020: 432 Total of “Buy-out” purchases: $25 Billion Total Number of Retirees Affected: 408,277

Philips North America Transfer Pensions to MetLife and Principal

Philips North America has transferred $1.2 Billion of pension liabilities to MetLife and Principal Financial Group. This transaction affects approximately 11,000 retirees and their beneficiaries. MetLife will administer the benefits and will be financially responsible for 75% of the liabilities. Principal has sole responsibility for approximately 2,000 deferred participants.    

Gretchen Morgenson Examines Pension De-Risking

Senior financial reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit, Gretchen Morgenson delved into the issue of pension de-risking in an exposé published on June 14, 2020. Morgenson interviewed Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center, and Thomas Gober, a certified fraud examiner who has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, and […]