Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred

Putnam Sustainable Leaders Subaccount

The subaccount seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Fund description

The subaccount invests in companies of all sizes across a range of industry sectors. The management team looks for stocks of innovative companies that are positioned in sectors believed to offer exceptional growth potential. The fund targets companies with strong management and superior financial characteristics.

Sales story

Investing in growing companies committed to sustainable practicesCommitted companies: The fund invests in growth companies with the goal of delivering positive financial and ESG performance.Active strategy: The managers utilize bottom-up research to identify companies with attractive sustainability, fundamental, and valuation characteristics.Veteran team: A dedicated sustainable investing team is backed by Putnam's equity research and quantitative/risk analysis groups.

Management team

Daily pricing as of 09/20/18

with optional enhanced death benefits
Unit Value $12.671167 $12.320787
Unit Value Change 0.116098 0.112838

Lipper ranking ‡ as of 08/31/18

Category: Multi-Cap Growth Funds

  Percentile ranking Rank/Funds in category
10 yrs. 58% 48/82
1 yr. 69% 70/101
3 yrs. 39% 39/100
5 yrs. 31% 30/98

The fund invests all or a portion of its assets in small to midsize companies. Such investments increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

‡ Lipper is an industry research firm whose rankings are based on total return performance, vary over time, and do not reflect the effects of sales charges. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Quick facts as of 08/31/18

Fiscal Year End December
Asset Class Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred
Subaccount Status Open to new investors
Number of issues 78
Turnover (fiscal year end) 71%
Net Assets $799M
Inception Date 05/02/94

Performance

Performance as of 06/30/18

Annualized Performance Last Quarter Year
to Date
1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs. Life of
subaccount
Restated performance
Unit Value 3.47% 5.87% 17.83% 11.14% 13.61% 8.53% 6.75%
Standardized 1.47% 3.87% 15.83% 11.14% 13.61% 8.53% 6.75%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value 3.43% 5.79% 17.66% 10.97% 13.43% 8.37% 6.58%
Standardized 1.43% 3.79% 15.66% 10.97% 13.43% 8.37% 6.58%
Actual performance
Unit Value 3.47% 5.87% 17.83% 11.14% 13.61% 8.53% 1.63%
Standardized 1.47% 3.87% 15.83% 11.14% 13.61% 8.53% 1.63%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value 3.43% 5.79% 17.66% 10.97% 13.43% 8.37% 3.17%
Standardized 1.43% 3.79% 15.66% 10.97% 13.43% 8.37% 3.17%

Annual Performance at NAV

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
-39.76% 29.96% 17.59% -6.65% 14.83% 34.19% 11.62% -1.94% 6.02% 27.10%
With optional enhanced death benefit
-39.85% 29.76% 17.41% -6.79% 14.65% 33.99% 11.45% -2.08% 5.85% 26.91%

Restated performance

Monthly as of 08/31/18

Unit Value 3.51%
Standardized 1.51%

YTD as of 09/20/18

Unit Value 13.83%
Standardized 11.83%

With optional enhanced death benefit

Monthly as of 08/31/18

Unit Value 3.50%
Standardized 1.50%

YTD as of 09/20/18

Unit Value 13.70%
Standardized 11.70%

Unit values and performance information shown apply to the specific annuity product listed, not the underlying Putnam Variable Trust fund. This information should not be used by investors who hold an interest in Putnam Variable Trust funds through a different annuity or other variable product. The unit values and performance of other variable products that offer Putnam Variable Trust funds may be higher or lower due to product charges and expenses or other factors.

Data is historical. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. More recent returns may be less or more than those shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and you may have a gain or a loss when you sell your units.

Returns shown for the subaccounts for periods before their inception are derived from the historical performance of the underlying fund, adjusted to reflect the mortality, expense risk, and surrender charges applicable to this product and do not factor in the annual $30 contract maintenance fee. Additional riders and options for insurance-related charges will increase expenses and lower returns. Please see the prospectus for details. For a portion of the period, subaccounts may have limited expenses, without which returns would have been lower.

Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Putnam Hartford products are flexible-premium variable annuities issued by Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Simsbury, CT.

Putnam Allstate variable annuities are flexible-premium deferred variable annuities issued by Allstate Life Insurance Company (Allstate Life); underwritten by Allstate Distributors, L.L.C., both of Northbrook, IL; and sold through registered representatives or bank employees who are licensed insurance agents. Please check for availability in your specific state.

These policies have limitations and are sold by prospectus only. The prospectus contains details on the variable annuity, the subaccounts, contract features, fees, expenses, and other pertinent information.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of a fund before investing. For a prospectus containing this and other information for any variable annuity or variable life product that invests in Putnam Variable Trust funds, contact your financial advisor for a contract prospectus and prospectus for the underlying funds. You may also call Hartford at 1-800-521-0538 or Allstate at 1-800-390-1277. Read the prospectuses carefully before investing.

For the most recent month-end performance, please call Hartford at 1-800-521-0538 or Allstate at 1-800-390-1277.

Recent performance benefitted from receipt of an Enron Class Action Settlement pertaining to investments made prior to 2002.

The fund invests all or a portion of its assets in small to midsize companies. Such investments increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.

Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

Lipper is an industry research firm whose rankings are based on total return performance, vary over time, and do not reflect the effects of sales charges. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Risk Characteristics as of 08/31/18

Alpha (%) -2.88
Beta 1.06
R Squared 0.94
Standard Deviation (3 yrs.) 11.29

Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18

Microsoft Corp 5.23%
Amazon 4.28%
Novozymes A/S - B Shares 4.08%
Visa 3.98%
Becton Dickinson And 3.16%
Unilever Nv 3.12%
Norfolk Southern Corp 2.51%
Danaher Corp 2.49%
Apple 2.33%
Home Depot The 2.23%
Top 10 holdings, total: 33.41%

Equity Holdings as of 06/30/18

MICROSOFT CORP 4.82%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 4.11%
NOVOZYMES A/S-B SHARES 3.96%
AMAZON.COM INC 3.80%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 3.77%
UNILEVER NV-CVA 3.18%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 3.04%
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP 2.94%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.76%
BLACKROCK INC 2.73%
APPLE INC 2.58%
DANAHER CORP 2.49%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 2.16%
HEINEKEN NV 2.07%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 1.84%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 1.76%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 1.74%
FORTIVE CORP 1.65%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 1.64%
STMICROELECTRONICS NV-NY SHS 1.61%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 1.59%
OKTA INC 1.58%
ACCENTURE PLC-CL A 1.56%
DXC TECHNOLOGY CO 1.53%
E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORPORATION 1.47%
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC 1.37%
AES CORP 1.27%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 1.24%
TALEND SA - ADR 1.24%
ASML HOLDING NV-NY REG SHS 1.23%
TJX COMPANIES INC 1.18%
WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORP 1.14%
LOWES COMPANIES INC 1.13%
CHR HANSEN HOLDING A/S 1.08%
MSCI INC 1.06%
NEXTERA ENERGY INC 1.06%
PENUMBRA INC 1.06%
ECOLAB INC 1.04%
FIRST REPUBLIC BANK/CA 1.03%
KELLOGG CO 1.02%
SERVICENOW INC 1.01%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.00%
WALMART INC 0.98%
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC 0.97%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.97%
SCHWAB (CHARLES) CORP 0.96%
BALL CORP 0.91%
REALPAGE INC 0.89%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.88%
ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP 0.87%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 0.83%
KION GROUP AG 0.82%
PRAXAIR INC 0.81%
ADIDAS AG 0.74%
CHALLENGER LTD 0.73%
JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC 0.71%
VAIL RESORTS INC 0.62%
MEDICINES COMPANY 0.59%
CELLNEX TELECOM SAU 0.58%
BIO-RAD LABORATORIES-A 0.46%
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.44%
BLUEBIRD BIO INC 0.42%
APPLIED MATERIALS INC 0.37%
CLOVIS ONCOLOGY INC 0.36%
COOPER COS INC/THE 0.16%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P SERIES H PFD 0.12%
OPORTUN FIN G-1 PFD CV P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN F-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.02%
OPORTUN FIN D-1 PFD CV P/P 0.01%
OPORTUN FIN F PFD CV P/P 0.01%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN A-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN B-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN C-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN E-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%

Full Portfolio Holdings as of 06/30/18

MICROSOFT CORP 4.82%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 4.11%
NOVOZYMES A/S-B SHARES 3.96%
AMAZON.COM INC 3.80%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 3.77%
UNILEVER NV-CVA 3.18%
BECTON DICKINSON AND CO 3.04%
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP 2.94%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.76%
BLACKROCK INC 2.73%
APPLE INC 2.58%
DANAHER CORP 2.49%
BANK OF AMERICA CORP 2.16%
HEINEKEN NV 2.07%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 1.84%
ADOBE SYSTEMS INC 1.76%
PRUDENTIAL PLC 1.74%
FORTIVE CORP 1.65%
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP 1.64%
STMICROELECTRONICS NV-NY SHS 1.61%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 1.59%
OKTA INC 1.58%
ACCENTURE PLC-CL A 1.56%
DXC TECHNOLOGY CO 1.53%
E*TRADE FINANCIAL CORPORATION 1.47%
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL INC 1.37%
AES CORP 1.27%
HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS IN 1.24%
TALEND SA - ADR 1.24%
ASML HOLDING NV-NY REG SHS 1.23%
TJX COMPANIES INC 1.18%
WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORP 1.14%
LOWES COMPANIES INC 1.13%
CHR HANSEN HOLDING A/S 1.08%
MSCI INC 1.06%
NEXTERA ENERGY INC 1.06%
PENUMBRA INC 1.06%
ECOLAB INC 1.04%
FIRST REPUBLIC BANK/CA 1.03%
KELLOGG CO 1.02%
SERVICENOW INC 1.01%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 1.00%
WALMART INC 0.98%
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC 0.97%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.97%
SCHWAB (CHARLES) CORP 0.96%
BALL CORP 0.91%
REALPAGE INC 0.89%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.88%
ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP 0.87%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 0.83%
KION GROUP AG 0.82%
PRAXAIR INC 0.81%
ADIDAS AG 0.74%
CHALLENGER LTD 0.73%
JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC 0.71%
VAIL RESORTS INC 0.62%
MEDICINES COMPANY 0.59%
CELLNEX TELECOM SAU 0.58%
BIO-RAD LABORATORIES-A 0.46%
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.44%
BLUEBIRD BIO INC 0.42%
APPLIED MATERIALS INC 0.37%
CLOVIS ONCOLOGY INC 0.36%
COOPER COS INC/THE 0.16%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P SERIES H PFD 0.12%
OPORTUN FIN G-1 PFD CV P/P 0.04%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.03%
OPORTUN FIN F-1 PFD CV P/P 0.03%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.02%
OPORTUN FIN D-1 PFD CV P/P 0.01%
OPORTUN FIN F PFD CV P/P 0.01%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
CANADIAN DOLLAR ACCOUNT 0.00%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 SSBT 0.00%
GBP/USD 09/19/2018 BANKAM 0.00%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
KOREAN WON CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN A-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN B-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN C-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
OPORTUN FIN E-1 PFD CV P/P 0.00%
POUND STERLING CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
THE EURO EUR CALL ACCOUNT 0.00%
AUD/USD 07/18/2018 SSBT -0.01%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 UBS -0.01%
EUR/USD 09/19/2018 JPMCB -0.02%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
1: Microsoft Corp 5.23%
2: Amazon 4.28%
3: Novozymes A/S - B Shares 4.08%
4: Visa 3.98%
5: Becton Dickinson And 3.16%
6: Unilever Nv 3.12%
7: Norfolk Southern Corp 2.51%
8: Danaher Corp 2.49%
9: Apple 2.33%
10: Home Depot The 2.23%
Holdings represent 33.41% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
1: Microsoft Corp 5.06%
2: Alphabet 4.38%
3: Novozymes A/S - B Shares 4.02%
4: Amazon.Com 3.88%
5: Visa 3.80%
6: Norfolk Southern Corp 3.22%
7: Unilever Nv 3.21%
8: Becton Dickinson And 3.10%
9: Home Depot The 2.73%
10: Blackrock 2.69%
Holdings represent 36.09% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/18
1: Microsoft Corp 4.82%
2: Alphabet 4.11%
3: Novozymes A/S - B Shares 3.96%
4: Amazon.Com 3.80%
5: Visa 3.77%
6: Unilever Nv 3.18%
7: Becton Dickinson And 3.04%
8: Norfolk Southern Corp 2.94%
9: Home Depot The 2.76%
10: Blackrock 2.73%
Holdings represent 35.11% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 05/31/18
1: Microsoft Corp 4.77%
2: Alphabet 3.95%
3: Novozymes A/S - B Shares 3.93%
4: Visa 3.67%
5: Amazon.Com 3.60%
6: Unilever Nv 3.14%
7: Norfolk Southern Corp 2.92%
8: Blackrock 2.89%
9: Becton Dickinson And 2.77%
10: Home Depot The 2.61%
Holdings represent 34.25% of portfolio

Portfolio Composition as of 08/31/18

Common stock 98.39%
Cash and net other assets 1.41%
Convertible preferred stock 0.20%

Portfolio characteristics will vary over time. The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

The fund invests all or a portion of its assets in small to midsize companies. Such investments increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

Top Industry Sectors as of 08/31/18

Information technology 32.84%
Consumer discretionary 13.88%
Health care 13.23%
Financials 10.94%
Materials 9.05%
Consumer staples 8.29%
Industrials 7.30%
Utilities 2.24%
Cash and net other assets 1.41%
 
Other
0.82%
Real estate 0.82%

Expenses

Sales Charges/Fees

Breakpoint Sales Charge Dealer Allowance CDSC Liab
$0 - $0 0.00% 0.00% N

The fund invests all or a portion of its assets in small to midsize companies. Such investments increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Variable annuities are long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. Growth investing targets companies with above-average earnings that may be subject to price volatility if earnings expectations are not met.

‡ Lipper is an industry research firm whose rankings are based on total return performance, vary over time, and do not reflect the effects of sales charges. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

CDSC

Year Percent
1 2.00%
2 1.00%
3+ 0.00%