Athene secures $4.9bn pension risk transfer with Lockheed Martin

Financial services company Athene has closed a significant pension risk transfer (PRT) transaction with Lockheed Martin involving the transfer of $4.9 billion in pension obligations.

Athene’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Athene Annuity and Life Company and Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company of New York, have agreed to provide annuity benefits for approximately 18,000 participants of Lockheed Martin’s pension plan who are currently receiving benefits.

The transaction announced today is the second pension risk transfer transaction Lockheed Martin has signed with Athene, following a transaction in 2018 whereby Athene insured approximately $800 million in pension obligations for more than 9,000 of Lockheed Martin’s retirees and their beneficiaries.

“We are pleased to have again been selected by Lockheed Martin to partner with them and help further reduce the company’s outstanding pension risk,” said Sean Brennan, Executive Vice President, Pension Risk Transfer and Reinsurance at Athene.

“As a leader in the pension risk transfer market, Athene has a track record of completing large-scale transactions that help plan sponsors meet their pension obligations while providing income security for their plan participants and their spouses and beneficiaries.

Given Athene’s deep expertise in the long-term management of retirement benefits, the plan participants covered by this transaction can be confident they will receive the same pension benefit, on the same schedule, as what they currently receive.”

Under the agreement, AAIA and AANY have each committed to issuing a group annuity contract to Lockheed Martin and individual annuity certificates to applicable participants.

“Amid a backdrop of continuing macro recovery, we are seeing companies place increasing emphasis on reducing pension risk in order to focus on core business,” said Bill Wheeler, President of Athene.

“Athene remains well-positioned to provide plan sponsors with customized solutions that achieve their desired de-risking objectives while ensuring the financial security of their plan participants.

“This transaction with Lockheed Martin represents Athene’s largest single PRT transaction to date, demonstrating our leading market position as a preferred provider of retirement solutions for institutions and individuals alike.”

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