Prudential Financial, Inc.
We believe that cash flows from operating and investing activities of our insurance, annuity and guaranteed products operations are adequate to satisfy liquidity requirements of these operations based on our current liability structure and considering a variety of reasonably foreseeable stress scenarios. The continued adequacy of this liquidity will depend upon factors including future securities market conditions, changes in interest rate levels and policyholder perceptions of our financial strength, which could lead to reduced cash inflows or increased cash outflows. As of December 31, 2001 and 2000, we had short-term investments of approximately $4.9 billion and $5.0 billion, respectively, and fixed maturity investments classified as “available for sale” with fair values of $109.9 billion and $83.8 billion at those dates, respectively. At December 31, 2001, the fair value of fixed maturities available for sale included $17.6 billion related to Gibraltar Life. Additionally, the increase in fixed maturities classified as “available for sale” in the 2001 reflects our reclassification, as of January 1, 2001, of $12.1 billion fair value of fixed maturity investments that were previously classified as “held to maturity” concurrently with our adoption of new accounting standards for derivative instruments and hedging activities as required by guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. The latter portfolios are comprised primarily of investment grade corporate bonds and United States government obligations, substantially all of which we consider to be highly liquid and can be sold and/or pledged in financing transactions.
Securities Operations Liquidity Prudential Securities Group Inc. maintains a highly liquid balance sheet with substantially all of its assets consisting of securities purchased under agreements to resell, short-term collateralized receivables from clients and broker- dealers arising from securities transactions, marketable securities, securities borrowed and cash equivalents. Prudential Securities Group’s assets totaled $22.8 billion at December 31, 2001 and $25.8 billion at December 31, 2000. Prudential Securities Group’s total capitalization, including equity, subordinated debt and long-term debt, was $3.3 billion at December 31, 2001 and $3.4 billion at December 31, 2000. In October 2000, we announced that we would terminate our institutional fixed income activities which constituted the major portion of the debt capital markets operations of Prudential Securities Group. As indicated above, our termination of institutional fixed income activities resulted in a reduced level of asset-based financing at Prudential Securities Group and on a consolidated basis. At December 31, 2001, Prudential Securities Group had remaining assets amounting to approximately $1.7 billion related to its institutional fixed income activities, as compared to $2.0 billion at December 31, 2000 and $17 billion at December 31, 1999. Substantially all of these assets were financed by means of asset-based borrowings.
Prudential Securities Group finances its balance sheet through asset-backed financing, including repurchase transactions, securities lending arrangements and free credit balances in customers’ accounts, as well as internal short-term and long-term borrowings from Prudential Funding, uncommitted lines of credit from banks and other financial institutions and the asset-backed commercial paper market.
Hedge Portfolios, Commercial Mortgage Securitization and Proprietary Investments and Syndications Operations Liquidity Our Asset Management division includes our hedge portfolios, the commercial mortgage securitization operation and proprietary investments and syndications. The hedge portfolios are financed through securities repurchase agreements and other securities financing activity and to a lesser extent unsecured borrowing. The underlying securities are government securities or corporate bonds and are generally liquid. The commercial mortgage securitization operation is financed by loans from Prudential Funding and by pledging assets to a third-party asset- backed commercial paper conduit. We generally finance the mortgages until a portfolio accumulates that is large enough to securitize and sell, which currently takes approximately 180 to 270 days, a period that we expect will shorten when we have a more fully developed process for accumulating mortgages. The commercial mortgage securitization operation’s portfolio is less liquid than publicly traded securities. To mitigate those risks in this portfolio we use an alternative asset-backed commercial paper conduit and maintain a higher proportion of long- term financing to support these activities. In addition, we acquire public and private debt and equity investments, including controlling interests, of domestic and international companies, with the intention of selling them to institutional investors, including Prudential’s general account. We acquire the investments with equity or short- or long-term debt depending on the liquidity and anticipated time for selling the investment.