This excerpt taken from the ALL 10-K filed Feb 24, 2005.
SFAS No. 149, "Amendment of Statement 133 on Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities" ("SFAS No. 149")
In April 2003, the FASB issued SFAS No. 149, which amends, clarifies and codifies financial accounting and reporting for derivative instruments, including certain derivative instruments embedded in other contracts and used for hedging activities under SFAS No. 133, "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities". While this statement applies primarily to certain derivative contracts and embedded derivatives entered into or modified after June 30, 2003, it also codifies conclusions previously reached by the FASB at various dates on certain implementation issues. The impact of adopting the provisions of the statement was not material to the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations or Financial Position.
Derivatives Implementation Group Statement 133 Implementation Issue No. B36, "Embedded Derivatives: Modified Coinsurance Arrangements and Debt Instruments That Incorporate Credit Risk Exposures That Are Unrelated or Only Partially Related to the Creditworthiness of the Obligor under Those Instruments"("Implementation Issue B36")
In April 2003, the FASB issued Implementation Issue B36, which became effective October 1, 2003. Implementation Issue B36 was applied to one of the Company's modified coinsurance agreements, and as a result, the embedded derivative was bifurcated from the agreement and marked to market value at October 1, 2003. The effect of adopting Implementation Issue B36 was the recognition of a loss of $17 million, after-tax, which is reflected as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.