General American Life - GenAmerica

Unclaimed Life Insurance Policy Benefits Search - Demutualization Claims

General American Life - GenAmerica


Demutualization is the process of converting a mutual life insurance company, which is owned by its policyholders, into a publicly traded stock company owned by shareholders, pursuant to a plan of conversion approved by policyholders and government regulators. Mutual life policyholders (and heirs) continue to be entitled to receive whatever policy benefits may be due, but in addition receive stock, cash and/or policy credits in exchange for their ownership interest in the old mutual insurance company.

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. Shares may be sold at any time, without affecting policy benefits.

In 1998 General American Life, a subsidiary of GenAmerica, announced a plan to convert from a mutual holding company structure to that of a publicly traded stock company.

Shortly thereafter, however, on August 10, 1999, the Missouri Department of Insurance placed General American Life Insurance Company under an order of administrative supervision. The cause of the supervision order was the company's inability to satisfy the liquidity demands for $5 billion in withdrawals by 37 institutional clients, holders of funding agreement contracts held by General American.

As a result of the supervision order, Instead of the planned demutualization General American accepted agreed to be acquired by MetLife. The $1.2 billion sale price paid by MetLife was deposited in an account for the benefit of General American Mutual Holding Company policyholders and heirs.

Hundreds of thousands of missing policyholders aren't aware they are entitled to receive 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 demutualization compensation is remitted to the custody of a government trust account until claimants come forward. Current and former policyholders and their heirs - the majority of whom are unaware they're entitled to unclaimed stock and/or cash - should initiate a database search at: Missing Life Insurance Policy Search


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