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|Standard Insurance - Stancorp Unclaimed Demutualization Compensation|
Standard Insurance Company demutualized on April 16, 1999. Because the company had only 125,000 policyholders, the average distribution per eligible policyholder was significantly larger than most other demutualizations.
Demutualization is the process of converting a mutual life insurance company, owned by its policyholders, to a publicly traded stock company owned by shareholders, pursuant to a plan of conversion approved by government regulators.
The amount paid to each policyholder is based on a number of factors, including length of time the policy has been in force, face value of the policy, and total premiums paid. For many policyholders, the windfall arising from demutualization can be substantial, but millions of missing policyholders and heirs aren't aware they are entitled to receive compensation.
Eligible policyholders split the proceeds of 18.7 million shares offered at $23.75 in the new StanCorp Financial Group. Compensation consisted of a fixed component of 52 shares, as well as a variable component based on several factors including policy value. Lost policyholders became eligible to receive $23.75 cash per share entitlement. One year after the Initial Public Offering, a common share of StanCorp Financial had appreciated 16%. The stock currently trades at approximately $87.
Between one-quarter and one-half of all life insurance policies go unclaimed, because it is generally up to family members to notify the insurance company when a policyholder dies, and virtually no effort is made to find lost beneficiaries.
In addition, thousandsof missing policyholders aren't aware they are entitled to receive this demutualization compensation. Contact efforts were unsuccessful, due to name changes after marriage or divorce, unreported changes of address, expired postal forwarding orders and non-current beneficiary information.
By law, unclaimed policy benefits, including demutualization compensation, are remitted to the custody of a government trust account until claimants come forward. Last year government custodians collected $22.8 billion, of which less than $1 billion was claimed.
It is highly recommended, therefore, that current and former policyholders and heirs - the majority of whom are unaware they're entitled to unclaimed policy benefits, stock and cash - initiate a missing policyholder search. Missing Life Insurance Policyholder Search
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