2015 Wyoming Code
TITLE 26 - INSURANCE CODE
CHAPTER 44 - INSURANCE HOLDING COMPANY SYSTEM REGULATORY ACT
SECTION 26-44-106. - Dividends and other distributions.
26-44-106. Dividends and other distributions.
(a) A domestic insurer shall not pay any extraordinary dividend or make any other extraordinary distribution to its shareholders until thirty (30) days after the commissioner has received notice of the declaration of dividend and has not disapproved payment, or the commissioner has approved the payment whichever is shorter.
(b) For purposes of this section, an extraordinary dividend or distribution includes any dividend or distribution of cash or other property, whose fair market value together with that of other dividends or distributions made within the preceding twelve (12) months exceeds the lesser of:
(i) Ten percent (10%) of the insurer's surplus as regards policyholders as of December 31 of the year immediately preceding; or
(ii) The net gain from operations of the insurer, if the insurer is a life insurer, or the net income, if the insurer is not a life insurer, not including realized capital gains, for the twelve (12) month period ending December 31 of the year immediately preceding, nor pro rata distributions of the insurer's own securities.
(c) In determining whether a dividend or distribution is extraordinary, an insurer other than a life insurer may carry forward net income from the previous two (2) calendar years that has not already been paid out as dividends. This carry-forward shall be computed by taking the net income from the second and third preceding calendar years, not including realized capital gains, less dividends paid in the second and immediate preceding calendar years.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an insurer may declare an extraordinary dividend or distribution which is conditional upon the commissioner's approval. This declaration shall confer no rights upon shareholders until the commissioner has approved the payment or the commissioner has not disapproved the payment within thirty (30) days, whichever is shorter.
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