Tue, 19th Nov 2019 08:36
Legal & General: Business Update
Legal & General Group Plc ("Legal & General" or "the Group") announces that it expects to launch shortly a GBP-denominated benchmark Tier 2 subordinated debt issuance, taking advantage of current favourable market conditions. The Group will confirm the amount of debt raised after the issuance has settled.
Legal & General also highlights that:
· LGRI (our Institutional Retirement business) has transacted £8.5 billion of global Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) to 31 October 2019. This includes a further £1.2 billion of UK PRT and a further $0.6 billion of US PRT (£0.5 billion) written since Half Year 2019. The financial metrics and Solvency II capital strain of these deals are in line with previous transactions. Additionally, LGRI is in exclusive negotiations on a further global PRT pipeline of £3 billion which we expect to complete before the year end.
· LGRR (our Retail Retirement business) has achieved individual annuity sales of £829 million to 31 October 2019, up 34% year on year. Lifetime mortgage advances were £823 million to 31 October 2019, down 15% year on year.
· LGIM (our Investment Management business) has achieved external net flows of £83 billion in the year to 31 October, which includes a further £23 billion of external net flows since Half Year 2019. LGIM's AUM as at 31 October is £1.2 trillion, an increase of circa £200 billion since Full Year 2018.
The Group estimates its year-end Solvency ratio will be in a range of 171% to 176% (H1 2019: 171%). This estimate does not include the benchmark debt issuance announced today, but does include capital we expect to deploy on new business before year-end. It assumes unchanged market conditions to 31 December 2019.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive, Legal & General, said:
"Our business continues to go from strength to strength. Our year-to-date operating performance across all five of our divisions is good reflecting the strong execution of our stated strategy. We remain disciplined in our deployment of capital, and our balance sheet and net cash flow are strong. We are taking advantage of favourable market conditions to raise debt, and remain confident in Legal & General's ability to grow sustainable profits over the long-term."
Notes to editors
Legal & General Group Plc
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management, we are the UK's largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. As at 18 November 2019, Legal & General has a market capitalisation of £16.7 billion.
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