CA Ins Code Section 1194.8


(a)

Excess fund investments may be made by a domestic insurer in real estate and leases thereof and in making improvements thereon for business or residential purposes as an investment for the production of income. The phrase “business or residential purposes” shall not include real estate or leases primarily intended for use or valued as agricultural, horticultural, farm, ranch or mineral property. Any such investment may be made by admitted insurers having admitted assets aggregating in value not less than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000). Domestic insurers, other than life, title, mortgage and mortgage guaranty insurers, having admitted assets aggregating in value less than twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000) but not less than ten million dollars ($10,000,000) may also qualify to make such investments for a period of 12 months with the prior approval of the commissioner. Real estate and leases acquired and improvements made thereon under this section shall not exceed in the aggregate an amount equal to 10 percent of the insurer’s admitted assets. Real estate and leases acquired under this section shall be in addition to that which is authorized to be acquired under the provisions of paragraphs (a) to (h), inclusive, of Section 1194.86. Except upon the prior approval in writing of the commissioner, an investment may not be made under the authority of this section if at the time of the making of the investment it would result in the insurer then owning real estate and leases thereof, other than of the kind and for the purposes described in paragraphs (a), (b), and (f) of Section 1194.86, in an amount exceeding 10 percent of the insurer’s admitted assets. Any investment in a single parcel of real estate or in a single leasehold including improvements thereon made under the authority of this section shall not be made in an amount in excess of 1 percent of the insurer’s admitted assets or 10 percent of the aggregate of the insurer’s capital paid-up and unassigned surplus, whichever amount is larger. A lease eligible for purchase hereunder shall be for a term which at the date of purchase shall not expire for at least 24 years. Percentage or dollar value of assets and capital paid-up and unassigned surplus as provided herein shall be determined by the insurer’s last preceding annual statement of conditions and affairs made as of the December 31st last preceding and which has been filed with the commissioner pursuant to law.

(b)

In computing the value of real estate held by a domestic insurer for the purpose of complying with the asset standards or percentage of asset standards, the insurer shall add the net equity of the real estate owned by the insured to the amount of encumbrances and liens against the property for which the insurer could be held liable for any deficiency in the event of foreclosure or other action to realize the value of the liens. “Net equity” as used in this section means book value less the value of liens and encumbrances.

(c)

Notwithstanding subdivision (a) or Section 1100, excess fund investments may be made by a domestic life insurer as an investment for the production of income in interests in publicly traded limited partnerships, limited partnerships in which the life insurer is the general partner, general partnerships, or in shares of beneficial interests in trusts substantially all the assets of which are real estate or leases thereof or improvements thereon for business or residential purposes. “Business or residential purposes” does not include real estate or leases primarily intended for use or valued as agricultural, horticultural, farm, ranch, or mineral property. Any investment authorized by this subdivision may be made by domestic life insurers having admitted assets aggregating in value not less than one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000). Investments acquired pursuant to this subdivision shall be in addition to investments authorized to be acquired under subdivisions (a) to (h), inclusive, of Section 1194.86. Except upon the prior approval in writing of the commissioner, an investment may not be made under the authority of this subdivision in a general partnership or a nonpublicly traded trust if at the time of the making of the investment it would result in the life insurer owning aggregate interests in those investments in an amount exceeding 3 percent of the life insurer’s admitted assets. Except upon the prior approval in writing of the commissioner, an investment may not be made if at the time it would result in the life insurer owning interests in general or limited partnerships or in shares of beneficial interests in trusts in an amount exceeding 10 percent of the life insurer’s admitted assets. An investment in a single partnership or shares of beneficial interest in a single trust made pursuant to this subdivision shall not be made in an amount in excess of 1 percent of the life insurer’s admitted assets or 10 percent of the aggregate of the life insurer’s capital paid-up and unassigned surplus, whichever is larger. Percentage or dollar value of assets and capital paid-up and unassigned surplus as provided herein shall be determined by the life insurer’s last preceding annual statement of conditions and affairs made as of the December 31st last preceding and which has been filed with the commissioner pursuant to applicable provisions of law. For purposes of this subdivision, “publicly traded” means securities of a limited partnership or trust listed and traded on a securities exchange subject to regulation, supervision, or control under a statute of the United States or listed on the NASDAQ system.

(d)

Investments made pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (c) shall not exceed in the aggregate an amount equal to 10 percent of the insurer’s admitted assets and shall produce sufficient cash-flow to amortize any mortgage, except with the prior written consent of the commissioner.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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