PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA), a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, announced today the signing of a group annuity contract to transfer assets and related obligations of defined benefit pension plans for certain U.S. retirees and beneficiaries.
The Company also has made a discretionary contribution of $100 million to further fund its U.S. defined benefit pension plans.
Both the annuitization and the discretionary payment reduce the risk to the Company associated with the volatility of its pension obligations and align with Alcoa’s strategic priority to strengthen the balance sheet.
As part of the annuity contract, approximately $290 million in obligations and related assets will be transferred later this month to Athene Annuity and Life Company, a subsidiary of Athene Holding, Ltd. (NYSE: ATH).
Athene, through its subsidiaries, has more than 800,000 policyholders and is rated “A” from A.M. Best and “A-” from both Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings with $114.8 billion in assets as of June 30, 2018. It will assume benefit payments for approximately 10,500 participants. Those payments will begin in October of 2018; participants will not see any change in the amount of their benefits.
Separately, Alcoa is notifying certain U.S. salaried retirees that the Company will no longer provide retiree life insurance, effective September 1, 2018. As part of this change, Alcoa will make a one-time transition payment to the affected retirees totaling approximately $25 million.
In connection with both the annuity transaction and the elimination of retiree life insurance, Alcoa will record an estimated non-cash net settlement charge of $184 million (pre- and after-tax), or $0.98 per share, in the third quarter of 2018.
On July 18, 2018, Alcoa reported that its net liability for pension and other postemployment benefits (OPEB) was $2.7 billion as of June 30, 2018, down from $3.5 billion at year end 2017. Today's announced actions will further reduce the net pension and OPEB liability by approximately $175 million, before remeasurements for affected plans, and will be reflected in the Company’s third quarter 2018 financial results.
The year-to-date reduction in the referenced net liability reflects several other actions taken in 2018, including the $500 million in debt proceeds used to make discretionary contributions to U.S. defined benefit pension plans, the $105 million for additional Canadian pension contributions, and other actions related to pension and other postemployment benefits.
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About Alcoa Corporation
Alcoa is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since developing the aluminum industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability, and stronger communities wherever we operate.
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