Making pension contributions this year, according to annual reports recently filed with the SEC, are:
• Georgia-Pacific Corp., Atlanta, expects to make cash contributions of $193 million to its $3.7 billion defined benefit plan in 2005. The company contributed $207 million in cash to the plans during the fiscal year ended Jan. 1 and posted pension expense of $177 million during the fiscal year. Georgia-Pacific officials expect pension expense of $161 million in 2005, "primarily as a result of the favorable investment returns on plan assets in 2004," according to the firm's annual report.
• American Electric Power Co., Columbus, Ohio, expects to make discretionary contributions of $100 million per quarter to its two pension plans in 2005 in order to fully fund them by year's end. The company also contributed $200 million to the plans in the fourth quarter of 2004. AEP's pension plans, which have combined assets of roughly $3.6 billion, were underfunded by about $450 million as of Dec. 31.
• KeySpan Corp., Brooklyn, N.Y., expects to contribute about $82 million to its $2 billion pension plan in 2005. The plan was underfunded by $491.2 million as of Dec. 31. KeySpan contributed roughly $140 million to the plan in 2004, said George Laskaris, director of investor relations.