The Guaranty Association Benefits Company (GABC), successor to liquidated Executive Life Insurance Company of New York (ELNY), has published two versions of a final liquidation date Schedule 1.15 on its website.
Among the significant details:
- Thirty-seven (37%) percent of all remaining ELNY (now GABC) structured settlement annuities (SSAs) will experience shortfalls; and
- SSAs represent ninety-eight (98%) percent of total ELNY shortfall annuities.
Prior to ELNY's liquidation, the New York Superintendent of Financial Services filed a preliminary Schedule 1.15 for the proposed ELNY Restructuring Agreement with the Supreme Court of Nassau County New York on November 7, 2011.
Judge John M. Galasso issued a Memorandum Decision April 16, 2012 declaring ELNY to be insolvent and signed a separate order: 1) approving the ELNY restructuring plan as proposed by the Superintendent and the National Organization of Life & Health Guaranty Associations (NOLHGA); 2) converting the ELNY proceeding from rehabilitation to liquidation; and 3) appointing the Superintendent as ELNY's liquidator.
Under the ELNY restructuring plan, participating state life and health guaranty associations (PGAs) and certain life insurance companies formed GABC, a new special purpose not-for-profit captive insurance company under the laws of the District of Columbia to replace ELNY once it was liquidated on August 8, 2013. The PGAs agreed to supplement the ELNY benefit payments for annuity contracts eligible for state guaranty association coverage up to the maximum allowable by their state guaranty association laws. The various participating life companies agreed to provide additional enhancements and have set up an ELNY Hardship Fund.
The final Schedule 1.15 lists all of ELNY's current annuities, with the names of the annuity owners and payees redacted. Schedule 1.15 includes additional information such as individual contract identification numbers, the proposed "uncovered amount" (shortfall) and "total percentage of contract protected" assuming contributions from state life and health insurance guaranty associations and certain supplemental enhancements.
All PGA coverage is applied on a present value basis, according to the Schedule 1.15 footnotes, which also indicate that present values were calculated as of August 8, 2013 by Towers Watson using a 4.25% discount rate. The final Schedule 1.15 provides separate annuitant IDs, beginning with an "F", when evidence exists that some or all of the payment rights under an annuity have been transferred to a factoring company.
Final Schedule 1.15 Highlights
- Schedule 1.15 lists extensive information for 9241 ELNY annuities of which:
- 4057 (44%) are structured settlement annuities (SSAs).
- 466 (5%) are single premium immediate annuities (SPIAs).
- 4718 (51%) are pension annuities.
- Schedule1.15 indicates shortfalls ("uncovered amounts") will occur for 1541 current ELNY annuities - even assuming state guaranty association contributions and enhancements:
- 1504 SSAs - Note: this number represents 98% of 1504 ELNY shortfall annuities and indicates 37% of all 4057 ELNY SSAs will experience shortfalls.
- 29 SPIAs.
- 8 pension annuities.
- For the 1504 Schedule 1.15 SSAs with shortfalls:
- Factoring transactions - Part or all of 407 SSA payment rights (27% of 1504) are estimated to have been transferred in factoring transactions. Note: reliable industry sources have informed S2KM the actual number of current ELNY SSAs previously factored is considerably higher.
- $100,000 + - 1090 SSAs (72% of 1504) have "uncovered amounts" in excess of $100,000 each on a present value (PV) basis including
- $1,000,000 + - 249 SSAs (17% of 1504) which have "uncovered amounts" in excess of $1,000,000 PV each including
- $5,000,000 + - 21 SSAs which have "uncovered amounts" in excess of $5,000,000 PV each.
- The largest ELNY SSA has an "uncovered amount" of $27,463,417 PV.
- The total percentage of each ELNY SSA contract value "protected" by ELNY's remaining assets, state guaranty fund payments plus additional enhancements varies from 31% to 100% depending upon the individual contract.
These final Schedule 1.15 numbers differ from the previously published Schedule 1.15 as reported by S2KM. Possible explanations:
- More factoring transactions (407 vs.156) are included as separate line items in the final Schedule 1.15.
- Some ELNY annuity payees may have died since ELNY's August 8, 2013 liquidation date.
Present value categories may have shifted from covered to uncovered and vice versa based on interim payouts.
- GABC's actual and/or projected investment returns and expenses (which have been reported) may be different than previously projected.
For S2KM's complete and continuing coverage of the ELNY liquidation, see the structured settlement wiki.