WHAT IS “LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC.”?
Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. is a Massachusetts mutual holding company that operates primarily through four strategic business units (1) Commercial Insurance, (2) Personal Insurance, (3) Global Specialty and (4) Liberty International. These business units utilize various “Liberty Mutual” trade names and trademarks including, without limitation, “Liberty Mutual Insurance”, “Liberty Mutual Insurance Group”, “Liberty Mutual Personal Markets”; “Liberty Mutual Surety”; “A Liberty Mutual Insurance Company”; “Liberty International”; and similar types of names as may be adopted from time to time. Each of these strategic business units market and underwrite insurance policies issued by the numerous insurance entities owned or controlled by Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc., including (1) stock insurance companies, (2) stock insurance companies that were formerly mutual insurance companies and (3) other affiliated insurance entities (collectively “LMHC Insurance Companies”). The rights and privileges associated with insurance policies and other obligations issued by the LMHC Insurance Companies vary in certain ways described below.
WHO IS A “MEMBER” OF LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC.?
Members are persons appearing as the named insured on an in-force policy, or as principal in the case of a surety bond, issued by “Member Companies.” Our Member Companies include only the following stock insurance companies (1) Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, (2) Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Company, (3) Employers Insurance of Wausau, and (4) Liberty Mutual Personal Insurance Company. These Member Companies were formerly mutual insurance companies whose policyholders elected to form a mutual holding company. These formations were reviewed and approved by the governing state insurance regulatory authorities.
Policyholders or holders of surety bonds or other insurance obligations issued by LMHC Insurance Companies that are not Member Companies ARE NOT members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and are, therefore, not entitled to any such rights of members.
WHAT ARE RIGHTS OF MEMBERS?
Members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. have uncertificated rights conferred by law, including the rights to: (1) vote for the election of directors at annual meetings of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. as well as other matters requiring a membership vote; (2) share in any distribution of, or receive consideration based upon, the value of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. in liquidation, demutualization, dissolution or otherwise under its articles of organization and bylaws, or otherwise as provided by law; and (3) receive member dividends as, if and when declared and paid by the Board of Directors.
WHEN IS THE MEMBERS ANNUAL MEETING OF LIBERTY MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY INC.?
It is held on the second Wednesday of April at its headquarters located at 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Named Executive Officer and Director Compensation Disclosures for 2016
The following tables and related footnotes provide information to the members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. (the “Company”) regarding the compensation provided in fiscal year 2016 to the Company’s chief executive officer, principal financial officer, its three other most highly compensated executive officers or other former executive officers (collectively “named executive officers”), and its directors, all as required by Section 19X of Chapter 175 of the Massachusetts General Laws (the “Disclosure Statute”).
The Disclosure Statute is also applicable to Liberty Mutual Mid-Atlantic Insurance Company and Montgomery Mutual Insurance Company. Both of these entities are mutual insurance companies domiciled in Massachusetts and controlled by the Company (collectively the “Liberty MA Mutual Companies”). The Company notes that none of the executive officers or directors of the Liberty MA Mutual Companies received any compensation from their respective companies in 2016.
The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors retains an independent consulting firm to advise in determining executive officer compensation. For 2016 the following companies were used to benchmark the Company’s executive compensation: Chubb Limited, Progressive Corp., Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp., Prudential Financial Inc., American International Group Inc., The Hartford Financial Service Group, Prudential PLC, The Allstate Corporation, MetLife Inc., and The Travelers Companies.
Footnotes to Compensation Disclosures:
“All Other Compensation” includes matching contributions under the Company’s retirement savings plans (e.g. – 401(k) plan), and the taxable portion, if applicable, of benefits related to personal financial planning and tax preparation services, parking, security, business travel or the personal use of corporate aircraft.
Pension plans provide income for periods of retirement and are structured to reward and retain employees for long service. The Company sponsors a defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all of the Company’s employees (the “LM Retirement Plan”). If the benefit for an eligible individual exceeds the tax-qualified limits, the excess is provided from an un-funded, non-qualified plan (the “Non-Qualified Plan”). Given their level of compensation, the named executive officers are all participants in the Non-Qualified Plan. The formula for determining an employee’s as well as a named executive officer’s annual pension benefit at normal retirement under the Liberty Mutual retirement plans changed effective January 1, 2014 and is now a function of the sum of two distinct formulas.
Any benefit due for service through December 31, 2013 is determined under a final average pay formula. The final average pay formula benefit is equal to the sum of a named individual’s 35 year service benefit and an excess service benefit earned for credited service greater than 35 years, where:
– 35 Year Service Benefit — The formula for the first 35 years of credited service results in a benefit at normal retirement for a named individual based on final average pay. The percentage of final average pay used to determine the benefit for credited service through December 31, 2010 is 54% minus 50% of the Social Security benefit, and for credited service beginning on or after January 1, 2011, 35% minus 35% of the Social Security benefit. The benefit of a participant with less than 35 years of credited service will be reduced on a pro rata basis for each year of credited service less than 35; and
– Excess Service Benefit — For the first 5 years of credited service in excess of 35 years, an annual accrual equal to 0.5% of final average pay.
Final average pay under the Liberty Mutual retirement plans is equal to the average of a named individual’s eligible compensation for the highest five consecutive calendar years during the last ten calendar years of employment. Pay increases or decreases after December 31, 2013 are taken into account in determining the final average pay benefit. Only base salary and short-term incentive compensation are considered eligible compensation for purposes of the final average pay formula. No additional service credit accrues under the final average pay formula after December 31, 2013.
Effective as of January 1, 2014, a cash balance benefit formula also applies. Under this formula, each participant in the retirement plans will have a notional cash balance account which will be credited with pay credits equal to 4.5 percent per annum of eligible compensation and interest credits based on the 30-Year US Treasury rate for the August immediately preceding a plan year. Compensation taken into account under the final average pay and cash balance formula is the same. The total benefit due under the retirement plans is the sum of the amount due under the final average pay formula and the cash balance formula.
The Company also sponsors a Section 401(k) plan covering substantially all of the Company’s employees (the “LM 401(k) Plan”) that allows them to set aside eligible pay, subject to a Company match, on a tax advantaged basis. The Non-Qualified Plan also allows participants to elect to set aside eligible pay that is not otherwise allowed for under the Company’s 401(k) Plan due to tax law limits for payment at a fixed future date or beginning at retirement. Certain amounts set aside for savings under the Non-Qualified Plan are also matched by the Company under the same match formula that applies to employees generally under the LM 401(k) Plan. Under both the LM 401(k) Plan and the Non-Qualified Plan, amounts set aside by a participant and the matching contributions, are invested in one or more investment options elected by the participants and their account balances are adjusted accordingly for their respective investment gains or losses.