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BrightScope Announces Its Fourth Annual Year-End Top 30 401k Plans List

Newcomer Marathon Oil Company Takes This Year's Top Spot, Bumping Last Year's Leader Southwest Airlines to No. 3

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- BrightScope (www.brightscope.com), the leading provider of independent retirement plan ratings and investment research, is proud to announce the fourth annual BrightScope Year-End Top 30 Ratings List covering 401k plans with more than $1 billion in assets. BrightScope obtains an increasing amount of its data directly from plan sponsors and recordkeepers, and augments these primary sources with data from publicly available sources such as the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission. By analyzing and interpreting this data, BrightScope provides unprecedented transparency into the 401k industry.

The BrightScope Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. By analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm calculates a single numerical value for each 401k plan. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

"This is our fourth year compiling the Year-End Top 30 Ratings list, and yet again we are seeing companies offering outstanding plans," said Mike Alfred, CEO and co-founder of BrightScope. "It is clear that plan sponsors are effectively using quantitative tools like the BrightScope Rating to meaningfully improve their plans. Better plans lead to better outcomes for each and every participant who depends on their plan for a dignified retirement."

Key Statistics of BrightScope's 2012 Top 30 List:

  • Target Date Funds make inroads: the average Top 30 Plan in 2012 has 4.9% of its assets in a Target Date Fund compared to 3.6% on the 2011 list.
  • Index Funds growth continues: index funds account for 29.5% of assets in the Top 30 Plans of 2012, compared to 25.4% on the 2011 list.
  • Brokerage windows becoming more popular: they represent 3.8% of 401k assets in the 2012 List versus 2.8% on the 2011 list.
  • Collective Trusts are becoming more commonplace: 28.7% of the assets of the Top 30 Plans of 2012 were in Collective Trusts relative to 24.0% on the 2011 list.
  • Plans within the 2012 Top 30 list average over $12,700 in salary deferrals per participant, up from $11,600 on the 2011 list.

Noteworthy findings in the 2012 Year-End Top 30 401k Plans List include:

The entire list of the 2012 Top 30 401k Plans with more than $1 billion in assets:


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2012 2011                                               U.S.     BrightScope
Rank Rank Plan Name                                 Headquarters   Rating™
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  1   N/A Marathon Oil Company Thrift Plan          Houston, TX     91.65
http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/120473/Marathon-Oil-Company/
122325/Marathon-Oil-Company-Thrift-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 2 The Savings Plan of Saudi Arabian Oil Houston, TX 90.87 Company http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/437686/Saudi-Arabian-
Oil-Company/443449/The-Savings-Plan-Of-Saudi-Arabian-Oil-Company/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 1 Southwest Airlines Pilots' Retirement Dallas, TX 90.82 Savings Plan http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/343176/Southwest-
Airlines-Co/348002/Southwest-Airlines-Pilots-Retirement-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 3 Wellington Retirement and Pension Plan Boston, MA 90.20 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/13617/Wellington-
Management-Company-Llp/13804/Wellington-Retirement-And-Pension-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 6 Amgen Retirement and Savings Plan Thousand 89.65 Oaks, CA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/429237/Amgen-Inc/434884/
Amgen-Retirement-And-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 5 United Airlines Pilot Directed Account Chicago, IL 89.17 Plan http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/167103/United-Air-Lines-Inc/
169723/United-Airlines-Pilot-Directed-Account-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 7 Employees Savings and Retirement Plan of New York, NY 88.31 Credit Suisse http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/26606/Credit-Suisse-Securities-
Usa-Llc/26928/Employees-Savings-And-Retirement-Plan-Of-Credit-Suisse/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 14 Sanofi-Aventis US Savings Plan Bridgewater, 87.66 NJ http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/179529/Sanofi-Aventis-Us-Llc/
182342/Sanofi-Aventis-Us-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 9 Southern California Permanente Medical Pasadena, CA 87.64 Group Retirement Plan http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/423619/Southern-California-
Permanente-Medical-Group/696644/Southern-California-Permanente-Medical-
Group-Retirement-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 11 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Savings and New York, NY 87.01 Investment Program http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/90205/Bristol-Myers-Squibb-Company/
91510/Bristol-Myers-Squibb-Company-Savings-And-Investment-Program/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 19 Google Inc. 401k Savings Plan Mountain 86.99 View, CA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/367778/Google-Inc/372789/
Google-Inc-401K-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 12 ExxonMobil Savings Plan Houston, TX 86.88 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/55063/Exxon-Mobil-Corporation/
55974/Exxonmobil-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 10 Bayer Corporation Savings and Retirement Pittsburgh, 86.82 Plan PA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/119949/Bayer-Corporation/121795/
Bayer-Corporation-Savings-And-Retirement-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14 22 IBM 401k Plus Plan Armonk, NY 86.71 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/43285/
Ibm-International-Business-Machines/43863/Ibm-401K-Plus-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 20 Genentech, Inc. Tax Reduction Investment South San 86.71 Plan Francisco, CA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/413898/Genentech-Inc/419350/
Genentech-Inc-Tax-Reduction-Investment-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 13 Chevron Employee Savings Investment Plan San Ramon, CA 86.65 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/410674/Chevron-Corporation/416040/
Chevron-Employee-Savings-Investment-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 15 BASF Corporation Retirement Savings Plan Florham Park, 86.58 NJ http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/61196/Basf-Corporation/487122/
Basf-Corporation-Retirement-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18 N/A The Roche Savings and Pay Deferral Plan Nutley, NJ 86.58 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/690791/Hoffmann-La-Roche-Inc/727075/
The-Roche-Savings-And-Pay-Deferral-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 17 Ernst & Young Partnership Retirement Secaucus, NJ 86.55 Plan http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/156057/Ernst-Young-Us-Llp/549965/
Ernst-Young-Partnership-Retirement-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 18 Anadarko Employee Savings Plan The 86.47 Woodlands, TX http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/359411/Anadarko-Petroleum-Corporation
/364364/Anadarko-Employee-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21 N/A Cisco Systems, Inc. 401(k) Plan San Jose, CA 86.35 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/363766/Cisco-Systems-Inc/368754/
Cisco-Systems-Inc-401K-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22 23 BP Employee Savings Plan Houston, TX 86.26 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/164763/
Bp-Corporation-North-America-Inc/167290/Bp-Employee-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23 24 Shell Provident Fund Houston, TX 86.06 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/997405/Shell-Oil-Company/13873329/
Shell-Provident-Fund/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24 27 UBS Savings and Investment Plan New York, NY 85.85 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/437794/Ubs-Ag/443559/
Ubs-Savings-And-Investment-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 N/A Altria Client Services, Inc. Deferred Richmond, VA 85.81 Profit-Sharing Plan for Salaried Employees http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/48323/Altria-Client-Services-Inc/
49093/Deferred-Profit-Sharing-Plan-For-Salaried-Employees/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26 21 ConocoPhillips Savings Plan Bartlesville, 85.79 OK http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/338447/Conocophillips-Company/
343236/Conocophillips-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 27 29 Goldman Sachs 401k Plan New York, NY 85.71 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/471038/The-Goldman-Sachs-Group-Inc/
481350/Goldman-Sachs-401K-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28 16 Bechtel Trust & Thrift Plan San 85.70 Francisco, CA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/415685/Bechtel-Corporation/421149/
Bechtel-Trust-Thrift-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29 26 GlaxoSmithKline Retirement Savings Plan Philadelphia, 85.62 PA http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/105123/Glaxosmithkline-Llc/106678/
Glaxosmithkline-Retirement-Savings-Plan/
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 30 4 Deloitte Profit Sharing Plan New York, NY 85.60 http://www.brightscope.com/401k-rating/54979/Deloitte-Llp/482510/
Deloitte-Profit-Sharing-Plan/
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The company has rated more than 46,000 retirement plans, spanning 30 million workers and $2 trillion in assets, and provided information on more than 770,000 financial advisors. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

For more information please visit www.brightscope.com.

About BrightScope

BrightScope is a financial information company that brings transparency to opaque markets through independent research and analysis. Delivered through web-based software, BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors. The BrightScope Rating™, developed in partnership with leading independent 401k fiduciaries, reviews more than 200 unique data inputs per plan and calculates a single numerical score which defines plan quality at the company level. In April 2011, the company launched BrightScope Advisor Pages™, the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors designed to help consumers discover information and conduct due diligence on wealth management professionals. BrightScope also markets a suite of data analytics software products to Fortune 1000 companies, asset managers, broker-dealers, financial advisors, and other market participants. Public ratings for more than 46,000 retirement plans as well as rating definitions, criteria and methodologies, and information on more than 770,000 financial advisors and nearly 45,000 advisory firms are available for free at www.brightscope.com.

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