The transfer will reduce Philips' pension liabilities by approximately EUR 1 billion (approximately $1.1 billion USD).
Obligations to current retirees are being split between Prudential and Legal & General America with each insurer providing 50 percent of the total monthly benefits to Philips retirees. Furthermore, OneAmerica will be issuing annuities to certain plan participants who had not yet retired by mid 2015. The total transfer will cover approximately 17,000 former U.S. employees and their beneficiaries.
Under the agreement, which was announced Oct. 1, retirees covered by Prudential’s and Legal & General America’s contracts will receive their benefit payments directly from Prudential, which will be the annuity administrator.
“Pension liabilities have become an increasing concern for corporations around the world," says Susan Cannilla, a vice president in Prudential Retirement’s Pension & Structured Solutions business and the lead on the Philips transaction. “We are pleased Philips chose Prudential to help deliver on its obligations to their retirees. Being selected as the annuity administrator is further proof that plan sponsors and advisors continue to value our leadership and experience in the pension risk transfer market.”
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