48.08.020  <<  48.08.030 >>   48.08.040

Dividends to stockholders.

(1) No domestic stock insurer shall pay any cash dividend to stockholders except out of earned surplus. For the purpose of this section, "earned surplus" means that part of its available surplus funds which is derived from any realized net profits on its business, and does not include unrealized capital gains or reevaluation of assets.
(2) Such an insurer may pay a stock dividend out of any available surplus funds.
(3) Payment of any dividend to stockholders of a domestic stock insurer shall also be subject to all the limitations and requirements governing the payment of dividends by other private corporations.
(4) No dividend shall be declared or paid which would reduce the insurer's surplus to an amount less than the minimum required for the kinds of insurance thereafter to be transacted.
(5) For the purposes of this chapter "surplus funds" means the excess of the insurer's assets over its liabilities, including its capital stock as a liability.
(6) Available surplus means the excess over the minimum amount of surplus required for the kinds of insurance the insurer is authorized to transact.
[ 1993 c 462 § 52; 1947 c 79 § .08.03; Rem. Supp. 1947 § 45.08.03.]


SeverabilityImplementation1993 c 462: See RCW 48.31B.901 and 48.31B.902.
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