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streamlined buy-out

How we helped the Visiocorp UK Limited Pension Scheme complete a £20m full buy-out in rapid timescale

A key challenge for companies and trustees running a buy-out exercise is achieving competitive pricing and commercial terms for smaller transactions with certainty on costs. In the case study we demonstrate how our streamlined service help the Visiocorp UK Limited Pension Scheme acheive their objectives. 

The background

  • £20m pension plan
  • Put in place a buy-out target and aligned assets to pricing
  • We highlighted that buy-out was potentially affordable within contributions committed under the recovery plan
  • In August 2014 the Trustees decided to use our streamlined service to execute a full buy-out by the year-end

Our solution

Preparation
The Trustees wrote to members to collect marital status information, which helped them price more accurately and competitively.

Streamlined process
Our streamlined process ensured three key meeting dates and milestones were agreed up-front, providing certainty to insurers. The resulting favourable engagement led to competitive pricing that achieved full buy-out within existing contribution commitments.

Price-lock
Price was locked to the plan’s assets, to provide certainty that objectives would still be met at signing.

The results

The Trustees completed the £20m buy-out transaction within three months, benefiting from fixed costs. Through the streamlined process they achieved strong insurer engagement for the transaction size seizing attractive pricing available in the run up to the year end.

LCP’s streamlined service provided a robust process within tight timescales and fixed fees that maximised insurer engagement and competitive pricing achieved.

Jacqueline Woods - Chairman of Trustee Board, Visiocorp UK Limited Pension Scheme

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