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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 260. Rules Governing Insurance Holding Companies
1/24/2020

14VAC5-260-90. Dividends and Other Distributions.

A. Each registered insurer shall report to the commission as required under § 38.2-1330.1 of the Act, all dividends and other distributions to shareholders within five business days following declaration. An insurer shall not pay a dividend or other distribution until 30 days after the commission has received written notice of the declaration thereof and has not within such period disapproved such payment. The commission may approve the payment of such dividend or other distribution prior to the 30 days. Such dividends and other distributions are to be paid out of earned surplus unless the commission has provided prior written approval for such dividends or other distributions to be paid from another source. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, the report shall be filed in the format prescribed by Form G and shall include at least the following:

1. A statement stating whether the dividend or distribution is extraordinary. If the dividend or distribution is extraordinary, the insurer also shall state the date of approval, if any, obtained pursuant to § 38.2-1330.1 A of the Act, or the earliest date on which approval may be deemed;

2. Earned surplus as of the immediately preceding December 31;

3. The amount of the proposed dividend;

4. The date of declaration, date of record, and date established for payment of the dividend;

5. A statement as to whether the dividend is to be in cash or other property and, if in property, a description thereof, its cost, and its fair market value together with an explanation of the basis for valuation;

6. The amounts, dates, and form of payment of all dividends or distributions (including regular dividends but excluding distributions of the insurer's own securities) paid within the period of 12 consecutive months ending on the date fixed for payment of the proposed dividend for which approval is sought and commencing on the day after the same day of the same month in the last preceding year;

7. A brief statement as to the effect of the proposed dividend upon the insurer's surplus and the reasonableness of surplus in relation to the insurer's outstanding liabilities and the adequacy of surplus relative to the insurer's financial needs; and

8. A statement identifying any and all revaluations of assets.

B. If payment of an extraordinary dividend or distribution has been approved prior to its declaration, the insurer may comply with the requirements of § 38.2-1329 F of the Act by filing written confirmation under oath or affirmation that the extraordinary dividend or distribution, as approved by the commission, has been declared. Confirmation shall be filed within five business days following declaration.

C. An insurer may obtain prior approval of an extraordinary dividend or distribution, as required by § 38.2-1330.1 A of the Act, by filing a request for approval with the commission. The request for approval shall be filed in the format prescribed by Form G and shall include at least the following:

1. All the information required in subsection A of this section;

2. Statements of financial condition and earnings for the period intervening from the last annual statement filed with the commission and the end of the month preceding the month in which the request for dividend approval is submitted; and, if the date of payment or distribution is more than 60 days removed from the date of the most current financial statement submitted by the insurer, the insurer shall include also a pro forma statement as of the day after the distribution or payment of the dividend showing its effect and other known and reasonably projected adjustments to the financial condition and earnings of the insurer; and

3. A copy of the calculations determining that the proposed dividend is extraordinary. The work paper shall include the following information:

a. The amounts, dates, and form of payment of all dividends or distributions (including regular dividends but excluding distributions of the insurer's own securities) paid within the period of 12 consecutive months ending on the date fixed for payment of the proposed dividend for which approval is sought, and commencing on the day after the same day of the same month in the last preceding year;

b. Surplus as regards to policyholders (total capital and surplus) as of the immediately preceding December 31;

c. If the insurer is a life insurer, the net gain from operations for the 12-month period ending the immediately preceding December 31;

d. If the insurer is not a life insurer, the net income less realized capital gains for the 12-month period ending the 31st day of December next preceding and the two preceding 12-month periods; and

e. If the insurer is not a life insurer, the dividends paid to shareholders excluding distributions of the insurer's own securities in the preceding two calendar years.

4. Statements on each factor set forth in § 38.2-1330 D of the Act must be submitted in support of the request for approval of an extraordinary dividend or distribution, although these factors are not intended to be an exhaustive list. In determining the adequacy and reasonableness of an insurer's surplus no single factor is controlling. The commission, instead, will consider the net effect of all of these factors plus other factors bearing on the financial condition of the insurer. In comparing the surplus maintained by other insurers, the commission will consider the extent to which each of these factors varies from company to company and in determining the quality and liquidity of investments in subsidiaries, the commission will consider the individual subsidiary and may discount or disallow its valuation to the extent that the individual investments so warrant.

5. In addition, in order to determine the possibility of any financial effect on the insurer, the commission may request the means of funding and the purpose of the extraordinary dividend or distribution.

D. No declaration of an extraordinary dividend or distribution shall confer any rights on shareholders without the prior approval thereof pursuant to § 38.2-1330.1 D of the Act. However, an insurer may declare an extraordinary dividend or distribution which is conditioned upon the commission's approval, and the declaration shall confer no rights upon shareholders until (i) the commission has approved the payment of the dividend or distribution or (ii) the commission has not disapproved the payment within the 30-day period provided by § 38.2-1330.1 A of the Act.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Regulation 14, Case No. 20159, § 9, eff. January 1, 1980; amended, Case No. INS940114, Volume 11, Issue 07, eff. January 1, 1995; Volume 23, Issue 02, eff. October 2, 2006; Volume 26, Issue 02, eff. September 30, 2009; Volume 31, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2015.

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