This excerpt taken from the ALL 10-Q filed Oct 31, 2007.
Decreased cash flows used in investing activities were due to an unfavorable change in cash flows from financing activities. Also, cash flows used in investing activities in the prior year include the settlement of the disposal of substantially all of our variable annuity business.
Cash flows used in financing activities increased in the first nine months of 2007 compared to the first nine months of 2006 primarily due to decreased contractholder fund deposits and increases in contractholder surrenders and withdrawals. For quantification of the changes in contractholder funds, see the Allstate Financial Segment section of the MD&A.
Dividends of $85 million were paid by ALIC to its parent, AIC, in the third quarter of 2007. ALIC expects to pay dividends of approximately $240 million during the fourth quarter of 2007, and may seek regulatory approval for additional dividends. These dividends complement other proactive efforts to improve Allstate Financials returns.
Corporate and Other Fluctuations in the Corporate and Other operating cash flows were primarily due to the timing of intercompany settlements. Investing activities primarily relate to investments in the portfolio of Kennett Capital, Inc. (Kennett Capital). Financing cash flows of the Corporate and Other segment reflect actions such as fluctuations in short-term debt, repayment of debt, proceeds from the issuance of debt, dividends to shareholders of The Allstate Corporation and share repurchases; therefore, financing cash flows are affected when we increase or decrease the level of these activities. Higher cash used in investing activities in the first nine months of 2007 when compared to the prior year was the result of increased dividends from subsidiaries to the holding company. Higher cash used in financing activities was the result of increased share repurchases.