This excerpt taken from the ALL 10-K filed Feb 25, 2010.
Allstate 401(k) Savings Plan
Employees of the Company, with the exception of those employed by the Company's international subsidiaries and Sterling Collision Centers ("Sterling") subsidiary, are eligible to become members of the Allstate 401(k) Savings Plan ("Allstate Plan"). The Company's contributions are based on the Company's matching obligation and certain performance measures. The Company is responsible for funding its anticipated contribution to the Allstate Plan, and may, at the discretion of management, use the ESOP to pre-fund certain portions. In connection with the Allstate Plan, the Company has a note from the ESOP with a principal balance of $22 million at December 31, 2009. The ESOP note has a fixed interest rate of 7.9% and matures in 2019. The Company records dividends on the ESOP shares in retained income and all the shares held by the ESOP are included in basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.
The Company's contribution to the Allstate Plan was $78 million, $48 million and $124 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. These amounts were reduced by the ESOP benefit computed for the years ended December 31 as follows:
The Company made no contributions to the ESOP in 2009. The Company contributed $5 million and $13 million to the ESOP in 2008 and 2007, respectively. At December 31, 2009, total committed to be released, allocated and unallocated ESOP shares were 0.2 million, 34 million and 5 million, respectively.
Allstate has profit sharing plans for eligible employees of its Canadian insurance subsidiaries and Sterling. Profit sharing expense for these plans was $6 million, $2 million and $8 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.