BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) today announced that it has closed on a purchase agreement with The Prudential Insurance Company of America for a group annuity contract that will transfer payment responsibility liabilities for retirement pension benefits owed to approximately 11,000 Ball and Rexam retirees in the U.S.
Starting November 2017, Prudential will begin making benefits payments and providing administrative services to the affected retirees. Though the payer name will change, retirees will receive the same monthly benefit they have been receiving from Ball and will receive more detailed information on the change via mail within the coming weeks. By selling these obligations to Prudential, Ball will reduce its projected pension benefit obligation by approximately $220 million.
"With this change, Ball is lowering the cost and effectively managing the risk associated with its U.S. pension plans, as well as streamlining their administration," said Scott C. Morrison, senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Ball expects to incur a non-cash, non-comparable settlement charge of approximately $40 million in the third quarter. This action does not change the company's previously stated pension funding plans, comparable free cash flow or comparable earnings targets. The agreements do not impact any benefits provided to current employees.
Willis Towers Watson served as strategic advisor to Ball Corporation in this transaction.
About Ball Corporation Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,450 people worldwide and 2016 net sales were $9.1 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
About Prudential Prudential Retirement delivers retirement plan services and solutions for public, private and non-profit organizations. Prudential Retirement is a business unit of The Prudential Insurance Company of America (PICA), Newark, NJ, a Prudential Financial company. Prudential Financial, Inc. is one of the world's largest financial institutions with $1.30 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, 2017. With more than 90 years of retirement experience, Prudential Retirement helps meet the needs of 4 million participants and annuitants, and has $395.5 billion in retirement assets as of March 31, 2017. Each year they pay more than $9 billion in gross pension benefit payments to annuitants. For more information, please visit www.prudential.com.
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