Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred

Putnam Small Cap Growth Subaccount

The subaccount seeks long-term growth of capital.

Fund description

The subaccount invests primarily in small and midsize companies, seeking hidden opportunities in stocks with growth potential that has been relatively unnoticed by investors. The portfolio can own growth and value stocks without a bias toward either style.

Sales story

Seeking opportunities in small and midsize companiesSmaller companies: Often overlooked by Wall Street analysts, the stocks of smaller companies can represent attractive opportunities to firms with strong research capabilities.A flexible strategy: The fund can own growth- or value-style stocks, allowing it to seek opportunities regardless of which style is in favor.Differentiated research: The portfolio managers select stocks in a collaborative effort that emphasizes non-consensus critical thinking.

Management team

Daily pricing as of 11/16/18

with optional enhanced death benefits
Unit Value $28.111878 $27.453936
Unit Value Change 0.132053 0.12885

Lipper ranking ‡ as of 10/31/18

Category: Small-Cap Growth Funds

  Percentile ranking Rank/Funds in category
10 yrs. 90% 65/72
1 yr. 98% 92/93
3 yrs. 98% 88/89
5 yrs. 98% 81/82

The subaccount 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.

‡ 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 10/31/18

Fiscal Year End December
Asset Class Putnam Allstate Advisor Preferred
Subaccount Status Open to new investors
Number of issues 79
Turnover (fiscal year end) 157%
Net Assets $24M
Inception Date 05/01/03

Performance

Performance as of 09/30/18

Annualized Performance Last Quarter Year
to Date
1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs. Life of
subaccount
Restated performance
Unit Value 2.00% 7.05% 7.55% 9.05% 6.11% 8.72% 7.88%
Standardized 0.00% 5.05% 5.55% 9.05% 6.11% 8.72% 7.88%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value 1.97% 6.93% 7.39% 8.88% 5.95% 8.56% 7.72%
Standardized -0.03% 4.93% 5.39% 8.88% 5.95% 8.56% 7.72%
Actual performance
Unit Value 2.00% 7.05% 7.55% 9.05% 6.11% 8.72% 7.88%
Standardized 0.00% 5.05% 5.55% 9.05% 6.11% 8.72% 7.88%
With optional enhanced death benefit
Unit Value -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Standardized -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Annual Performance at NAV

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
-36.26% 43.22% 27.40% -7.65% 12.48% 31.89% 5.28% -9.14% 13.62% 6.15%
With optional enhanced death benefit
-36.35% 43.00% 27.21% -7.79% 12.30% 31.69% 5.12% -9.27% 13.45% 5.99%

Restated performance

Monthly as of 10/31/18

Unit Value -12.28%
Standardized -14.04%

YTD as of 11/16/18

Unit Value -6.55%
Standardized -8.42%

With optional enhanced death benefit

Monthly as of 10/31/18

Unit Value -12.30%
Standardized -14.05%

YTD as of 11/16/18

Unit Value -6.67%
Standardized -8.54%

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 Capital Manager products are flexible-premium variable annuities held by Talcott Resolution Life, Inc., 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 Talcott Resolution 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 Talcott Resolution at 1-800-521-0538 or Allstate at 1-800-390-1277.

The subaccount 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.

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.


Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18

Five Below 3.40%
Wingstop 2.83%
Grand Canyon Education 2.47%
Bright Horizons Family Solutions 2.43%
Merit Medical Systems 2.38%
Realpage 2.28%
John Bean Technologies Corp 2.19%
Mercury Systems 2.05%
Heico Corp 2.04%
Quidel Corp 1.99%
Top 10 holdings, total: 24.06%

Equity Holdings as of 09/30/18

FIVE BELOW 3.36%
WINGSTOP INC 2.68%
REALPAGE INC 2.45%
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS 2.43%
TREX COMPANY INC 2.38%
MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC 2.22%
JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORP 2.18%
BRIGHT HORIZONS FAMILY SOLUT 2.16%
MERCURY SYSTEMS INC 2.10%
HEICO CORP 1.95%
GRAND CANYON EDUCATION INC 1.93%
SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY INC 1.83%
HAMILTON LANE INC-CLASS A 1.80%
EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS INC 1.76%
EVERCORE INC - A 1.74%
QUIDEL CORP 1.74%
NOVANTA INC 1.61%
EVERBRIDGE INC 1.59%
FERRO CORP 1.57%
FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS-A 1.56%
CABLE ONE INC 1.54%
ENVESTNET INC 1.54%
LITTELFUSE INC 1.54%
AT HOME GROUP INC 1.44%
INSULET CORP 1.40%
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECH INC 1.34%
QAD INC-A 1.33%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 1.27%
CONMED CORP 1.21%
PAYLOCITY HOLDING CORP 1.21%
TABULA RASA HEALTHCARE INC 1.20%
ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS SA 1.19%
TACTILE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY I 1.17%
HEALTHEQUITY INC 1.11%
KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP INC 1.11%
RINGCENTRAL INC-CLASS A 1.11%
PLANET FITNESS INC - CL A 1.09%
PROTO LABS INC 1.08%
SAIA INC 1.03%
MGP INGREDIENTS INC 1.01%
EVO PAYMENTS INC-CLASS A 1.00%
SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC 0.97%
NATIONAL VISION HOLDINGS INC 0.96%
HARSCO CORP 0.95%
ALTERYX INC - CLASS A 0.93%
H AND E EQUIPMENT SERVICES INC 0.93%
REPLIGEN CORP 0.93%
2U INC 0.92%
CADENCE BANCORP 0.87%
Q2 HOLDINGS INC 0.87%
BROOKS AUTOMATION INC 0.86%
BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.85%
PATRICK INDUSTRIES INC 0.84%
BRIGHTVIEW HOLDINGS INC 0.82%
PENUMBRA INC 0.82%
TELADOC HEALTH INC 0.82%
CENTRAL GARDEN AND PET CO-A 0.81%
PROS HOLDINGS INC 0.81%
BLACKLINE INC 0.76%
PROOFPOINT INC 0.76%
EXACT SCIENCES CORP 0.75%
AXOGEN INC 0.74%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.73%
ENTEGRIS INC 0.68%
J2 GLOBAL INC 0.68%
MIMECAST LTD 0.68%
ACCELERON PHARMA INC 0.67%
TALEND SA - ADR 0.66%
CHEGG INC 0.65%
CODEXIS INC 0.57%
ASCENDIS PHARMA A/S - ADR 0.55%
ARRAY BIOPHARMA INC 0.54%
SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.52%
AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.51%
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAIN-A 0.51%
MIRATI THERAPEUTICS INC 0.47%
AMICUS THERAPEUTICS INC 0.46%
LOXO ONCOLOGY INC 0.45%
IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.41%
GLOBAL BLOOD THERAPEUTICS IN 0.39%
ATARA BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC 0.38%
MEDICINES COMPANY 0.32%
SPARK THERAPEUTICS INC 0.31%
VERICEL CORP 0.31%
SVMK INC 0.14%

Full Portfolio Holdings as of 09/30/18

FIVE BELOW 3.36%
WINGSTOP INC 2.68%
REALPAGE INC 2.45%
LIGAND PHARMACEUTICALS 2.43%
TREX COMPANY INC 2.38%
MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC 2.22%
JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORP 2.18%
BRIGHT HORIZONS FAMILY SOLUT 2.16%
MERCURY SYSTEMS INC 2.10%
HEICO CORP 1.95%
GRAND CANYON EDUCATION INC 1.93%
SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY INC 1.83%
HAMILTON LANE INC-CLASS A 1.80%
EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS INC 1.76%
EVERCORE INC - A 1.74%
QUIDEL CORP 1.74%
NOVANTA INC 1.61%
EVERBRIDGE INC 1.59%
FERRO CORP 1.57%
FOCUS FINANCIAL PARTNERS-A 1.56%
CABLE ONE INC 1.54%
ENVESTNET INC 1.54%
LITTELFUSE INC 1.54%
AT HOME GROUP INC 1.44%
INSULET CORP 1.40%
INTEGRATED DEVICE TECH INC 1.34%
QAD INC-A 1.33%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 1.27%
CONMED CORP 1.21%
PAYLOCITY HOLDING CORP 1.21%
TABULA RASA HEALTHCARE INC 1.20%
ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS SA 1.19%
TACTILE SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY I 1.17%
HEALTHEQUITY INC 1.11%
KINSALE CAPITAL GROUP INC 1.11%
RINGCENTRAL INC-CLASS A 1.11%
PLANET FITNESS INC - CL A 1.09%
PROTO LABS INC 1.08%
SAIA INC 1.03%
MGP INGREDIENTS INC 1.01%
EVO PAYMENTS INC-CLASS A 1.00%
SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC 0.97%
NATIONAL VISION HOLDINGS INC 0.96%
HARSCO CORP 0.95%
ALTERYX INC - CLASS A 0.93%
H AND E EQUIPMENT SERVICES INC 0.93%
REPLIGEN CORP 0.93%
2U INC 0.92%
CADENCE BANCORP 0.87%
Q2 HOLDINGS INC 0.87%
BROOKS AUTOMATION INC 0.86%
BWX TECHNOLOGIES INC 0.85%
PATRICK INDUSTRIES INC 0.84%
BRIGHTVIEW HOLDINGS INC 0.82%
PENUMBRA INC 0.82%
TELADOC HEALTH INC 0.82%
CENTRAL GARDEN AND PET CO-A 0.81%
PROS HOLDINGS INC 0.81%
BLACKLINE INC 0.76%
PROOFPOINT INC 0.76%
EXACT SCIENCES CORP 0.75%
AXOGEN INC 0.74%
SUMMIT MATERIALS INC -CL A 0.73%
ENTEGRIS INC 0.68%
J2 GLOBAL INC 0.68%
MIMECAST LTD 0.68%
ACCELERON PHARMA INC 0.67%
TALEND SA - ADR 0.66%
CHEGG INC 0.65%
CODEXIS INC 0.57%
ASCENDIS PHARMA A/S - ADR 0.55%
ARRAY BIOPHARMA INC 0.54%
SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.52%
AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.51%
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAIN-A 0.51%
MIRATI THERAPEUTICS INC 0.47%
AMICUS THERAPEUTICS INC 0.46%
LOXO ONCOLOGY INC 0.45%
IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.41%
GLOBAL BLOOD THERAPEUTICS IN 0.39%
ATARA BIOTHERAPEUTICS INC 0.38%
MEDICINES COMPANY 0.32%
SPARK THERAPEUTICS INC 0.31%
VERICEL CORP 0.31%
SVMK INC 0.14%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/18
1: Five Below 3.40%
2: Wingstop 2.83%
3: Grand Canyon Education 2.47%
4: Bright Horizons Family Solutions 2.43%
5: Merit Medical Systems 2.38%
6: Realpage 2.28%
7: John Bean Technologies Corp 2.19%
8: Mercury Systems 2.05%
9: Heico Corp 2.04%
10: Quidel Corp 1.99%
Holdings represent 24.06% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 09/30/18
1: Five Below 3.36%
2: Wingstop 2.68%
3: Realpage 2.45%
4: Ligand Pharmaceuticals 2.43%
5: Trex 2.38%
6: Merit Medical Systems 2.22%
7: John Bean Technologies Corp 2.18%
8: Bright Horizons Family Solutions 2.16%
9: Mercury Systems 2.10%
10: Heico Corp 1.95%
Holdings represent 23.91% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/18
1: Godaddy 2.43%
2: Costar Group 2.28%
3: Summit Materials 2.23%
4: Burlington Stores 2.17%
5: Talend 2.10%
6: Everbridge 2.10%
7: Discovery 2.05%
8: John Bean Technologies Corp 2.04%
9: Radian Group 1.97%
10: Orion Engineered Carbons 1.97%
Holdings represent 21.34% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/18
1: Summit Materials 2.49%
2: Godaddy 2.26%
3: Costar Group 2.21%
4: Talend 2.08%
5: Burlington Stores 2.03%
6: Discovery 2.02%
7: John Bean Technologies Corp 1.97%
8: Orion Engineered Carbons 1.92%
9: Radian Group 1.91%
10: Investment Technology Group 1.77%
Holdings represent 20.66% of portfolio

Portfolio Composition as of 10/31/18

Common stock 96.20%
Cash and net other assets 3.80%

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 10/31/18

Health care 26.86%
Information technology 22.52%
Consumer discretionary 16.12%
Industrials 15.14%
Financials 6.95%
Communication services 4.14%
Cash and net other assets 3.80%
Materials 2.43%
Consumer staples 2.04%

Expenses

Sales Charges/Fees

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

The subaccount 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.

‡ 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%