Marathon Life Deal Concluded

One of the UK’s largest pension insurers, has completed a £610m buy-in with the Marathon Service (GB) Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme (the Scheme).

Rothesay Life has concluded the transaction, which was  initiated by the Scheme’s sponsoring employer, RockRose Energy.  The agreement secures benefits in full for the 740 pensioners and 700 deferred members in the Scheme.

RockRose Energy is an independent oil and gas production and infrastructure company.  Listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, it focuses on onshore and offshore production opportunities and infrastructure projects. The transaction was led by LCP, acting for RockRose.

Andrew Austin, (pic) Chair of RockRose said: “This transaction gives certainty for the members’ pensions with an experienced and financially strong provider. The secondary benefit is that it has capped the financial risk to the sponsor. We are grateful for the advice received from LCP that allowed us to be opportunistic and secure outcomes that mutually benefited both the pension scheme members and the sponsoring employer.”

Chris Martin, Chair of Trustees and Executive Chairman of ITS, said: “This transaction secures benefits in full for our members, ensuring a greatly enhanced level of security. We are delighted to have been able to secure this transaction in the current economic climate, which was only achieved by all parties working closely together.”

Tom Seecharan, Business Development at Rothesay Life said: “We are proud to have been chosen to provide security for the Scheme and to help another scheme on their journey to buyout, a trend we expect to continue over the coming year. It was clear throughout this process that the Scheme and RockRose were working together closely and had a genuine commitment to move quickly if their target could be hit. This was key for us to meet the challenging price objective.”

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