|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2011
|Benefit Plans [Abstract]|
18. Benefit Plans
Huntington sponsors the Plan, a non-contributory defined benefit pension plan covering substantially all employees hired or rehired prior to January 1, 2010. The Plan provides benefits based upon length of service and compensation levels. The funding policy of Huntington is to contribute an annual amount that is at least equal to the minimum funding requirements but not more than that deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. There was no minimum required contribution to the Plan in 2011, although Huntington contributed $50.0 million to the Plan in March 2011 and $40.0 million to the Plan in December 2011.
In addition, Huntington has an unfunded defined benefit post-retirement plan that provides certain healthcare and life insurance benefits to retired employees who have attained the age of 55 and have at least 10 years of vesting service under this plan. For any employee retiring on or after January 1, 1993, post-retirement healthcare benefits are based upon the employee's number of months of service and are limited to the actual cost of coverage. Life insurance benefits are a percentage of the employee's base salary at the time of retirement, with a maximum of $50,000 of coverage. The employer paid portion of the post-retirement health and life insurance plan was eliminated for employees retiring on and after March 1, 2010. Eligible employees retiring on and after March 1, 2010, who elect retiree medical coverage, will pay the full cost of this coverage. Huntington will not provide any employer paid life insurance to employees retiring on and after March 1, 2010. Eligible employees will be able to convert or port their existing life insurance at their own expense under the same terms that are available to all terminated employees.
Beginning January 1, 2010, there were changes to the way the future early and normal retirement benefit is calculated under the Retirement Plan for service on and after January 1, 2010. While these changes did not affect the benefit earned under the Retirement Plan through December 31, 2009, there was a reduction in future benefits. In addition, employees hired or rehired on and after January 1, 2010 are not eligible to participate in the Retirement Plan.
The following table shows the weighted-average assumptions used to determine the benefit obligation at December 31, 2011 and 2010, and the net periodic benefit cost for the years then ended:
The expected long-term rate of return on plan assets is an assumption reflecting the average rate of earnings expected on the funds invested or to be invested to provide for the benefits included in the projected benefit obligation. The expected long-term rate of return is established at the beginning of the plan year based upon historical returns and projected returns on the underlying mix of invested assets.
The following table reconciles the beginning and ending balances of the benefit obligation of the Plan and the post-retirement benefit plan with the amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheets at December 31:
Benefits paid are net of retiree contributions collected by Huntington. The actual contributions received in 2011 by Huntington for the retiree medical program were $2.9 million.
The following table reconciles the beginning and ending balances of the fair value of Plan assets at the December 31, 2011 and 2010 measurement dates with the amounts recognized in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
Huntington's accumulated benefit obligation under the Plan was $651.3 million and $575.9 million at December 31, 2011 and 2010. As of December 31, 2011, the accumulated benefit obligation exceeded the fair value of Huntington's plan assets by $112.4 million.
The following table shows the components of net periodic benefit cost recognized in the three years ended December 31, 2011:
Included in benefit costs are $0.8 million, $1.0 million, and $0.7 million of plan expenses that were recognized in the three years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009. It is Huntington's policy to recognize settlement gains and losses as incurred. Assuming no cash contributions are made to the Plan during 2012, Management expects net periodic pension cost, excluding any expense of settlements, to approximate $38.7 million for 2012. The postretirement medical and life subsidy was eliminated for anyone that retires on or after March 1, 2010. As such, there will be no incremental net periodic post-retirement benefits costs associated with this plan in 2011 and 2012.
The estimated transition obligation, prior service credit, and net actuarial loss for the plans that will be amortized from OCI into net periodic benefit cost over the next fiscal year is less than $1.0 million, $6.9 million, and $26.8 million, respectively.
At December 31, 2011 and 2010, The Huntington National Bank, as trustee, held all Plan assets. The Plan assets consisted of investments in a variety of Huntington mutual funds and Huntington common stock as follows:
Investments of the Plan are accounted for at cost on the trade date and are reported at fair value. All of the Plan's investments at December 31, 2011 are classified as Level 1 within the fair value hierarchy. In general, investments of the Plan are exposed to various risks, such as interest rate risk, credit risk, and overall market volatility. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investments, it is reasonably possible that changes in the values of investments will occur in the near term and that such changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the Plan assets.
The investment objective of the Plan is to maximize the return on Plan assets over a long time horizon, while meeting the Plan obligations. At December 31, 2011, Plan assets were invested 61% in equity investments and 32% in bonds, with an average duration of 3.3 years on fixed income investments. The estimated life of benefit obligations was 13 years. Management believes that this mix is appropriate for the current economic environment. Although it may fluctuate with market conditions, Management has targeted a long-term allocation of Plan assets of 70% in equity investments and 30% in bond investments.
The following table shows the number of shares and dividends received on shares of Huntington stock held by the Plan:
At December 31, 2011, the following table shows when benefit payments, which include expected future service, as appropriate, were expected to be paid:
Although not required, Huntington may choose to make a cash contribution to the Plan up to the maximum deductible limit in the 2012 plan year. Anticipated contributions for 2012 to the post-retirement benefit plan are $3.5 million.
The assumed healthcare cost trend rate has an effect on the amounts reported. A one percentage point increase would decrease service and interest costs and the post-retirement benefit obligation by less than $1.0 million and $0.2 million, respectively. A one percentage point decrease would increase service and interest costs and the post-retirement benefit obligation by less than $1.0 million and $0.2 million, respectively.
The 2012 and 2011 healthcare cost trend rate was projected to be 8.0% for pre-65 aged participants and 8.5% for post-65 aged participants. These rates are assumed to decrease gradually until they reach 4.5% for both pre-65 aged participants and post-65 aged participants in the year 2028 and remain at that level thereafter. Huntington updated the immediate healthcare cost trend rate assumption based on current market data and Huntington's claims experience. This trend rate is expected to decline over time to a trend level consistent with medical inflation and long-term economic assumptions.
Huntington also sponsors other retirement plans, the most significant being the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan and the Supplemental Retirement Income Plan. These plans are nonqualified plans that provide certain current and former officers and directors of Huntington and its subsidiaries with defined pension benefits in excess of limits imposed by federal tax law. At December 31, 2011 and 2010, Huntington has an accrued pension liability of $26.9 million and $23.1 million, respectively, associated with these plans. Pension expense for the plans was $1.8 million, $1.8 million, and $2.9 million in 2011, 2010, and 2009, respectively.
The following table presents the amounts recognized in the consolidated balance sheets at December 31, 2011 and 2010 for all of Huntington defined benefit plans:
The following tables present the amounts recognized in OCI as of December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009, and the changes in accumulated OCI for the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009:
Huntington has a defined contribution plan that is available to eligible employees. In the 2009 first quarter, the Plan was amended to eliminate employer matching contributions effective on or after March 15, 2009. Prior to March 15, 2009, Huntington matched participant contributions, up to the first 3% of base pay contributed to the Plan. Half of the employee contribution was matched on the 4th and 5th percent of base pay contributed to the Plan. Effective May 1, 2010, Huntington reinstated the employer matching contribution to the defined contribution Plan.
The following table shows the costs of providing the defined contribution plan as of December 31:
The following table shows the number of shares, market value, and dividends received on shares of Huntington stock held by the defined contribution plan as of December 31:
The entire disclosure for pension and other postretirement benefits.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef