Emma Ferris, senior vice president, Global Financial Solutions, RGA UK
2 August 2023news

BT & RGA announce longevity reinsurance scheme

The BT Pension Scheme (BTPS), one of the UK’s largest private sector pension schemes with c.270,000 members and £47bn of assets under management, has entered into a longevity reinsurance arrangement with Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).

The transaction further protects BTPS from the cost of unexpected increases in the life expectancy of its members, BT said.

The new longevity insurance and reinsurance arrangement covers £5 billion of BTPS pensioner liabilities and follows the £16 billion of liabilities covered by a similar arrangement entered into by BTPS in 2014. The reinsurance has been facilitated through an insurance intermediary via the scheme’s existing captive insurer, thereby efficiently leveraging the scheme’s existing infrastructure.

The transaction will have no impact on BT’s cash contributions to the scheme, nor on the 2023 triennial valuation.

The transaction was led by Brightwell, BTPS’ primary service provider, together with WTW and Allen & Overy, with RGA being advised by Eversheds Sutherland.

Emma Ferris, senior vice president, Global Financial Solutions, RGA UK, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with BTPS to help reduce the longevity risk in the scheme, using our financial security and longevity expertise to enable the scheme to focus on its core mission of providing stable and sustainable retirement benefits.”