A unit of Prudential Financial Inc. is turning to a reinsurer in Bermuda to help it power its indexed annuity business.
Prudential Annuities Life Assurance Corp. has agreed to share some of the risks, and rewards, associated with newly sold indexed annuity contracts with Somerset Reinsurance Ltd.
Prudential Annuities and Somerset Re have entered into a quota share reinsurance arrangement, Somerset Re announced earlier this week. The arrangement applies to indexed annuities filed as non-variable insurance products.
Reinsurance is a form of insurance for insurance companies.
The insurer that writes the business, or “direct writer,” can use a quota share reinsurance “treaty,” or contract, to pass a fixed percentage of the premiums and benefits costs associated with new business to a reinsurer.
A direct writer could, for example, use a quota share reinsurance treaty to keep 70% of the premiums and losses tied to new business flow and send 30% to a reinsurer.
Prudential Annuities and Somerset Re have not yet said how they’ll be splitting indexed annuity premiums and risk.
Prudential and other big life and annuity issuers often have many different reinsurance arrangements. Prudential gives some information about the arrangements in its annual and quarterly financial filings. It notes in its latest quarterly filing that, at one point, it was sharing half of the risk associated with a living benefits guarantee product through a quota share reinsurance treaty.
Prudential Annuities is a Shelton, Connecticut-based arm of Prudential, which is based in Newark, New Jersey. It holds the life insurance and annuity operations that Prudential acquired from Skandia Insurance Company Ltd. of Stockholm in 2003.
Somerset Re is a Pembroke, Bermuda-based reinsurer that was founded in 2013, as Weisshorn Re, by a team with close ties to Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC of New York.
Patrick Kelleher, the former head of the life division at Genworth Financial Inc., has been Somerset Re’s chief executive officer since 2014.