- Absolute upfront certainty with no further premiums due
- Cover for residual risks from transaction completion
- One-off final pension contribution of approximately £0.8bn
- Development of a unique solution for dealing with illiquid assets
This is great news for members… Together we have now secured our members’ benefits through Rothesay, an insurer which has strong financial credentials and a track record of excellent customer service.Richard Phillips, Chairman of Trustees
From the outset, we locked our premium to the scheme's portfolio of assets so that the trustees could be sure the cash contribution would not change.
The trustees and Asda worked closely together throughout selecting an insurer and transacting. This unique joined-up approach showed us that both parties were fully committed to the transaction and were ready to make decisions quickly.
A solution for illiquid assets
Part of the scheme's assets were illiquid investments, which insurers don't typically accept as premium payment. However we worked closely with the trustees and company’s advisors to come up with a solution which meant they didn't have to sell their illiquid assets at a discount.
Additional cover for residual risk
Before coming to market, the trustees completed their own benefit audit, which complemented our own due diligence to form a deal with additional cover for residual risks.
We worked closely with the in-house pensions team at Asda throughout the process and implementation to ensure a smooth transition to insurance and full wind-up of the scheme.