Prudential Financial, Inc.
2001 to 2000 Annual Comparison. The total cash value of surrenders increased $29 million, or 2%, from 2000 to 2001, primarily as a result of our efforts to locate policyholders in connection with our demutualization. The level of surrenders as a percentage of mean future policy benefit reserves was unchanged from 2000 to 2001.
2000 to 1999 Annual Comparison. The total cash value of surrenders was essentially unchanged from 1999 to 2000. Traditional life policy surrenders reflected $109 million of surrenders in 2000 associated with the implementation of the sales practices remediation program. The levels of surrenders as a percentage of mean future policy benefit reserves remained relatively constant from 1999 to 2000.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Prudential Financial Prudential Financial’s principal source of revenues to meet its obligations, including the payment of shareholder dividends, debt service, capital contributions to subsidiaries as may be required, and operating expenses, are dividends and interest income from its direct and indirect subsidiaries. At December 31, 2001, Prudential Financial had substantial excess cash liquidity, including cash and short-term investments of approximately $4.4 billion as a result of $6.0 billion of funds received in the fourth quarter of 2001, less net application of $1.6 billion of funds to our operating businesses. The $6.0 billion of funds received were from the following sources:
net proceeds from the initial public offering, including the underwriters’ exercise of their option to purchase 16.5 million additional shares, of $3.337 billion;
the net proceeds from the offering of the equity security units, including the underwriters’ exercise of their option to purchase 1.8 million additional units, of $663 million;
net proceeds from the issuance of the Class B Stock of $167 million, and net proceeds from the IHC debt of $1.218 billion; and
dividends in late December 2001 from our property and casualty insurance subsidiary of $525 million and from our asset management subsidiary of $40 million.
The net uses of $1.6 billion of funds at our operating businesses were comprised primarily of capital contributions and loans to several operating units.
Approximately $2.3 billion of the $4.4 billion cash and short-term investments at Prudential Financial as of December 31, 2001, were applied in early 2002 to pay cash demutualization consideration to eligible policyholders in our demutualization. Prudential Financial remains obligated to disburse further payments of approximately $800 million, representing demutualization consideration for eligible policyholders we were unable to locate. To the extent we are unable to locate these policyholders within a prescribed period of time specified by state escheat laws, typically three to seven years, the funds must be remitted to governmental authorities.
We anticipate that Prudential Financial will establish several financing programs to satisfy needs for cash and capital at the parent company level and for the destacked subsidiaries and will eventually serve as the primary financing company for the destacked subsidiaries. Prudential Funding, LLC (“Prudential Funding”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Prudential Insurance, has historically served as the primary financing company for Prudential Insurance and its subsidiaries as discussed under “—Financing Activities” below and will continue to provide a limited amount of financing for the destacked subsidiaries. Rating organizations have assigned lower credit ratings to Prudential Financial than Prudential Funding. As a result, we expect that some of our financing costs will increase as we transition existing financing from Prudential Funding to Prudential Financial.
On the date of demutualization, Prudential Financial made a capital contribution of approximately $1.05 billion to Prudential Insurance to replenish the reduction of its capital in that amount which resulted from distribution of demutualization compensation to some policyholders in the form of policy credits rather than Common Stock or cash. The capital contribution was financed with the proceeds from the purchase by Prudential Insurance of a series of notes issued by Prudential Financial with market rates of interest and maturities ranging from nineteen months to three years.
On January 22, 2002, Prudential Financial’s Board of Directors authorized the purchase of up to $1 billion of its Common Stock. The timing and amount of any purchases of Common Stock under the authorization will be determined by management based on market condition and other considerations, and such purchases may be effected by market or negotiated transactions, including programs adopted under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.