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Don’t you give up now!

By Peter Permell

LAST Friday, Deloitte Consulting Ltd (Barbados), the judicial manager of CLICO International Life Insurance Limited (CIL ) issued a statement indicating it had received sanction from the High Court of Barbados to pursue a restructuring plan for the company.

“The proposed plan,” it said, “will result in a write-down in value of all policyholders’ liabilities (traditional policies and EFPAs) to match the estimated value of the company’s net available assets . . . .

“The judicial manager reported that it had examined and explored several funding options with regional governments, including most recently the possibility of issuing of a bond backed by sovereign guarantees from Barbados and Eastern Caribbean governments.

“However, after further consultations with regional governments and potential investors, this option was deemed not to be viable, given current market conditions . . . . In view of these considerations the judicial manager believes that the proposed restructuring plan is the best option available for policyholders at this time.

“The judicial manager will now be seeking the support of regional regulators and other court-appointed judicial managers to implement the proposed restructuring plan . . . .”

The Clico Policyholders Group (CPG) is very disappointed, but not surprised, by this unfortunate turn of events with regard to our counterparts in Barbados as this is clearly your classic case of “Peter pays for Paul and Paul pays for all”.

There are some interesting parallels with what has happened in Barbados and what could have happened in Trinidad and Tobago – which, on reflection, we were only able to avoid because of the CPG’s robust and unyielding representation.

The Trinidad policyholders must never forget that we would have suffered the same fate as Barbados, with perhaps, at best between 50 and 60 cents on the dollar, had we not been able to “stridently persuade” the Government to change/upgrade its original offer of $75 000 and zero-coupon bonds over 20 years to include the soon to be launched Clico Investment Fund (NEL 2).

It is clear that these Barbados policyholders are the innocent victims, the sacrificial lambs now being hauled, kicking and screaming, to the slaughter on the altar.

We encourage our Bajan brothers and sisters not to give up the struggle, and remind them of the old maxim “the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong but he who endures to the end”.

Nation News, Oct 30 2012

Challenge finding funds

Oliver Jordan may have something to smile about, but 25,000 CLICO policyholders certainly don’t! BIPA is staggered by what can only be described as one of the most clandestine assaults in the recent history of Barbados on 12% of the country’s population. The so-called proposal, which was quietly filed on Friday 19th October and mysteriously slipped through the Court system and sanctioned within 7 days without consultation or discussion with stakeholders, would result in a substantial loss for all CLICO policyholders which is not only completely unacceptable, but also unconscionable in the extreme. BIPA cannot believe that after taking 18 months and charging millions of dollars, this ‘fire sale’ is all the Judicial Manager could come up with.

Article from page 6 – Barbados Today 26/10/12

Resolving the CLICO debacle appears to have gotten more difficult.

Deloitte Consulting Limited, the Judicial Manager for CLICO International Life Insurance LImited, announced today that the Barbados High Court had given it permission to restructure the company, which owes millions of dollars to 35,000 policyholders and investors.

The bad news for these individuals is that the plan to be pursued “will result in a write down in value of all policyholders’ liabilities”.

Additionally, after Barbados and other Eastern Caribbean Governments said no to the issuance of a bond to meet the cost of a CIL solution, finding the necessary funding has become a larger problem.

These latest developments came with a warning from Deloitte, which is represented by Oliver Jordan and Patrick Toppin, that “further delay in the implementation of a restructuring plan may lead to further loss of confidence by policyholders and likely reduction in premium income”.

“The judicial manager reported that it had examined and explored several funding options with regional governments,

including most recently the possibility of issuing of a bond backed by sovereign guarantees from Barbados and Eastern Caribbean governments,” today’s update from Deloitte stated.

“However, after further consultations with regional governments and potential investors, this option was deemed not to be viable

given current market conditions.”

The judicial manager also said that, in view of the financing challenges, it believed “the proposed restructuring plan is the best option available for policyholders at this time”.

“The judicial manager will now be seeking the support of regional regulators and other court-appointed judicial managers to implement the proposed restructuring plan. Further details on the implications for all policyholders will be provided as soon as possible,” it said.

“In addition, the judicial manager will continue to explore with the Barbados and Eastern Caribbean governments, any other possible source of funding that would improve recovery by CIL’s policyholders.”

Deloitte said the high court’s recent sanctioning of a restructuring plan “will result in a write down in value of all policyholders’ liabilities (traditional policies and Executive Flexible Premium Annuities) to match the estimated value of the company’s net available assets”.

“The restructured policyholder liabilities and all the assets of CIL will be transferred to a new company which will be separately governed and managed. All such activities will be subject to regulatory approval in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean,” it added.

Officials also reported that the court had approved completion of the CIL Forensic Audit “with a focus on related party transactions and balances”.

Deloitte said “such further investigation will assist the JM in assessing the feasibility of possible additional recovery actions for the benefit of policyholders of CIL”. (SC)

BIPA Shocked

BIPA’s response to the Court Approved Restructuring Plan for CLICO. Please note that in their rush to support BIPA, the Nation mistakenly published the wrong figures for the assets and liabilities of CLICO. According to the Judicial Managers’ Reports, as at March 31st 2012, the total CLICO International Life (CIL) liabilities were $837.4m and the “Fair Market Value” of the CIL assets at the same date were $441m. These figures include not only Barbados but also the regional countries affected.

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BIPA Associate Membership

GREAT NEWS FOR POLICYHOLDERS AND SUPPORTERS OF BIPA WHO ARE NOT YET MEMBERS!

You can now join and support BIPA as an “Associate Member” for a minimum donation of just $20 AND remain anonymous if you so wish. Read on…..

The ongoing CLICO and BAICO situation is without doubt the most disgraceful financial debacle Barbados has ever witnessed. For nearly four years now it has devastated the lives of 35,000 Barbadians, most of whom can least afford it, particularly the elderly.

The vast majority of those who entrusted their hard earned savings to CLICO and BAICO purchased traditional Life and Health Insurance policies and Annuities to protect themselves and their families in the future. Following the collapse of CLICO in Trinidad in January 2009, many wanted to take their money out, but the late Prime Minister repeatedly assured Barbadian policyholders that their money was safe, as did the current Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Both have since assured policyholders that they will get their money back and yet the process has slowed almost to a standstill, with no updated communication to date from the belatedly appointed Judicial Manager, the Minister of Finance or the Prime Minister.

The Barbados Investors and Policy Holders Alliance (BIPA) is an advocacy group which was formed in April 2011 to pressure the Government to bring about timely restitution of everything that is owed to all 35,000 policyholders. It is a legitimate, registered, not for profit company with a full Board and by-laws and will shortly be submitting its first year’s accounts for audit.

Due to the continuing inertia of the Government and failure of the Judicial Manager to come up with a satisfactory resolution, BIPA has now voted to initiate legal action against the directors of CLICO, the auditors and the Supervisor of Insurance, all for failing in their fiduciary and/or statutory duties.

BIPA also has an active media campaign with radio and press advertisements keeping up the pressure on Government to bring this matter to a satisfactory and expeditious conclusion.

You will appreciate that all of this costs a great deal of money and whilst we are moving forward thanks to the loyalty of our paying members and the generosity of those who have made additional contributions, the Alliance would appreciate your help to continue its fight and finally bring agreeable closure to this appalling affair.

This initiative is to ask for your support in raising funds. If you are a policy holder in CLICO or BAICO, we encourage you to join as a Full Member and pay the annual subscription of $200.00. However, we appreciate that some people cannot afford as much as $200 and so we are also offering “Associate Membership” for a minimum donation of just $20. This level of membership will obviously carry some restrictions, but you will be able to attend meetings should you wish to do so, and be on our email circulation list sharing updated information and developments.

Of course, regardless of whether or not you are a policyholder, if you support our cause and are able to contribute $20, $200 or more, we would be most grateful. This is a cause that affects not only the 35,000 policyholders, but the country’s economy. As you can imagine, within days of the repayment of the hundreds of millions of dollars that is owed to policyholders, they will start spending on goods and services again, and saving with reputable institutions, putting that money straight back into the economy, thus saving jobs and boosting struggling businesses.

We also appreciate that there are those who wish to keep their affairs private and so BIPA is offering to accept contributions and membership with only an email address as a reference so that they can send you a receipt for your contribution and keep you in touch with developments should you wish them to do so.

Please contact June Fowler in complete confidence with your offer of support at whatever level at june@thebipa.net, or give her a call on 230 1026 for more details on how to make your contribution or join as an Associate or Full Member.

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BIPA back on course

The Barbados Investors Policyholders Association (BIPA) is not political by any stretch.

Chairman June Fowler made it clear on Wednesday night that BIPA was a non-partisan advocacy group.

“Ihave told [Leader of the Opposition Owen] Arthur in no uncertain terms that if the Government changes tomorrow, the pressure will not stop. The Press releases will continue, the noises will continue until we all get our monies back, and our policies are transferred to a preferred purchaser.

“So, it does not end with this administration,” said Fowler at a BIPA meeting held at the St Gabriel’s School in Collymore Rock.

Committee member Michael Goodman endorsed Fowler’s comments in the question and answer segment.

“For those who are feeling concern that we are attacking the [ruling Democratic Labour Party], in a few months time, we may well be attacking the BLP. It is not a partisan issue, it is a people’s and policyholders’ issue, and whoever holds the purse strings is the one we will bring pressure on to make decisions in a favourable and timely manner.”

Fowler said BIPA had regained its impetus.

“What we allowed to keep us back was a lack of money and a fear of offending the Government or anyone else. We became derailed and off-track but, thank God, the derailment did not cause any damage, only a delay in moving forward.

“I want to say to you, fellow policyholders, that we have regained our strength and we are moving again with alacrity to bring more pressure on the Government for a successful and acceptable resolution for all policyholders, who make up 12 per cent of the population, whether you are B, D or NDP or no P.

“We have all been affected and the sooner we realize that, the better it would be for us to unite and support the work of the leadership team,” Fowler said.

In order to further increase its strength, BIPA members voted to create an “Associate Membership” level to enable anyone with an interest in a satisfactory resolution to the problem to join forces with the body for a small nominal fee, whether or not they are investors or policyholders. (MK)

Weekend Nation: Oct 19 2012

CLICO JM Interim Forensic Report

The Barbados Investors & Policyholders Alliance does not condone the unauthorised circulation of confidential documents.  However, as The CLICO Judicial Manager’s Interim Forensic Report dated December 5th 2011 has been freely accessible on the internet for some time, we leave it to the judgment of members whether or not they wish to click the link to view this document which has effectively been placed by third parties in the public domain.

http://bajan.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/clico-judicial-report.pdf 

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