Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 1. General Provisions and Licensing

Minimum Capital Surplus -- Letter Of Credit

33-28-104. Minimum capital surplus -- letter of credit. (1) A captive insurance company may not be issued a certificate of authority unless it possesses and maintains unimpaired paid-in capital and surplus of:

(a) in the case of a pure captive insurance company, not less than $250,000;

(b) in the case of an industrial insured captive insurance company, including a captive risk retention group, not less than $500,000;

(c) in the case of an association captive insurance company, not less than $500,000;

(d) in the case of a special purpose captive insurance company, an amount determined by the commissioner after giving due consideration to the company's business plan, feasibility study, and pro forma documents, including the nature of the risks to be insured;

(e) in the case of a protected cell captive insurance company, not less than $500,000. However, if the protected cell captive insurance company does not assume any risks, the risks insured by the protected cells are homogenous, and if there are not more than 10 cells, the commissioner may reduce the amount required in this subsection (1)(e) to an amount not less than $250,000.

(f) in the case of a branch captive insurance company, not less than the applicable amount of capital and surplus required in subsections (1)(a) through (1)(e), as determined based upon the organizational form of the foreign captive insurance company. The minimum capital and surplus must be jointly held by the commissioner and the branch captive insurance company in a bank of the federal reserve system approved by the commissioner.

(g) in the case of a captive reinsurance company, not less than 50% of the capital that would be required for that type of captive insurance company.

(2) The commissioner may require additional capital and surplus based upon the type, volume, and nature of insurance business transacted.

(3) Capital and surplus may be in the form of cash, cash equivalent, or an irrevocable letter of credit on a form prescribed by the commissioner and issued by a bank chartered by the state of Montana, a member bank of the federal reserve system, or a bank chartered by another state if that state-chartered bank is approved by the commissioner.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 298, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 383, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 5, Ch. 518, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 31, Ch. 271, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 75, L. 2011; amd. Sec. 19, Ch. 169, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 335, L. 2015; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 223, L. 2019.