Verizon Communications Transfers $7.5 Billion of its Pension Liabilities


Verizon Communications Inc. agreed to purchase a group annuity contract from Prudential Insurance Co. of America to transfer $7.5 billion in pension obligations, according to its SEC filings.

This transfer was considered a “lift-out” because Verizon did not terminate its pension plan.  This pension de-risking transaction covered approximately 41,000 retired salaried employees who began receiving their pension payments before January 1, 2010. No Retirees represented by unions were affected. Verizon reportedly contributed $2.5 Billion to the plan prior to the pension de-risking transfer.