America’s second-largest life insurer has agreed to take on $1.4 billion in U.S. pension obligations from Bristol-Myers Squibb, which announced it will purchase a group annuity contract from Prudential Financial for approximately 8,000 U.S. retirees and their beneficiaries.
This echoes a move earlier this week from Motorola Solutions, Inc., which transferred $3.1 billion of pension liabilities to Prudential Financial.
“Prudential currently manages assets for 24 of the largest 25 U.S. corporate DB plans,” said Scott Gaul, senior vice president and head of distribution for Prudential’s pension risk transfer business. ”We’re honored that Bristol-Myers Squibb has chosen Prudential to deliver benefits payments to their retirees.”
According to the official statement from Prudential, there will be no change to the monthly retirement benefit payments currently received by retirees and their beneficiaries. All other plan participants will stay in the company’s plan, which is well-funded to ensure benefit payments to future retirees and beneficiaries.