Securities and Exchange Commission
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Report of Foreign Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d/16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
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Aegons press release, dated August 8, 2017, is included as appendix and incorporated herein by reference.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Date: August 8, 2017||By|
|J.O. van Klinken|
Executive Vice President and
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Aegon to sell Unirobe Meeùs Groep
Aegon has agreed to sell Unirobe Meeùs Groep (UMG), an independent financial advisory group, to Aon Groep Nederland for EUR 295 million. The transaction is consistent with Aegons strategic objective to optimize its portfolio across its businesses.
The transaction is expected to result in an increase of Solvency II capital of approximately EUR 225 million, which will be retained in Aegon the Netherlands. This will improve the Solvency II ratio of Aegon the Netherlands by an estimated 6%-points.
I am delighted that we have found a new strong owner with an international footprint for UMGs customers and staff, said Alex Wynaendts, CEO of Aegon. This transaction should be seen in the context of the evolving insurance landscape in the Netherlands and our strategy to optimize our portfolio. Through this divestment, we increase our financial flexibility and it allows us to focus on those businesses that are core to our strategy. I would like to thank UMGs employees and management for their many contributions.
The divestment will lead to a book gain of approximately EUR 180 million, which will be reported in Other income at the time of closing. As a consequence of this transaction, annual underlying earnings before tax will decrease by approximately EUR 20 million going forward.
The transaction is subject to works council advice and normal regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.
UMG provides independent advice and insurance products to approximately 580,000 retail and 75,000 wholesale customers and is a top-3 independent financial advisory group in the Netherlands. Aegon and UMG did not have production agreements: independent advice has always been the number one priority.
Aegons roots go back more than 170 years to the first half of the nineteenth century. Since then, Aegon has grown into an international company, with businesses in more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Today, Aegon is one of the worlds leading financial services organizations, providing life insurance, pensions and asset management. Aegons purpose is to help people achieve a lifetime of financial security. More information on aegon.com/about.
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The statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following are words that identify such forward-looking statements: aim, believe, estimate, target, intend, may, expect, anticipate, predict, project, counting on, plan, continue, want, forecast, goal, should, would, is confident, will, and similar expressions as they relate to Aegon. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Aegon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which merely reflect company expectations at the time of writing. Actual results may differ materially from expectations conveyed in forward-looking statements due to changes caused by various risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the following:
|||Changes in general economic conditions, particularly in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom;|
|||Changes in the performance of financial markets, including emerging markets, such as with regard to:|
|||The frequency and severity of defaults by issuers in Aegons fixed income investment portfolios;|
|||The effects of corporate bankruptcies and/or accounting restatements on the financial markets and the resulting decline in the value of equity and debt securities Aegon holds; and|
|||The effects of declining creditworthiness of certain private sector securities and the resulting decline in the value of government exposure that Aegon holds;|
|||Changes in the performance of Aegons investment portfolio and decline in ratings of Aegons counterparties;|
|||Consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro;|
|||Consequences of the anticipated exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union;|
|||The frequency and severity of insured loss events;|
|||Changes affecting longevity, mortality, morbidity, persistence and other factors that may impact the profitability of Aegons insurance products;|
|||Reinsurers to whom Aegon has ceded significant underwriting risks may fail to meet their obligations;|
|||Changes affecting interest rate levels and continuing low or rapidly changing interest rate levels;|
|||Changes affecting currency exchange rates, in particular the EUR/USD and EUR/GBP exchange rates;|
|||Changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, liquidity sources such as bank and capital markets funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets in general such as changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness;|
|||Increasing levels of competition in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and emerging markets;|
|||Changes in laws and regulations, particularly those affecting Aegons operations ability to hire and retain key personnel, taxation of Aegon companies, the products Aegon sells, and the attractiveness of certain products to its consumers;|
|||Regulatory changes relating to the pensions, investment, and insurance industries in the jurisdictions in which Aegon operates;|
|||Standard setting initiatives of supranational standard setting bodies such as the Financial Stability Board and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors or changes to such standards that may have an impact on regional (such as EU), national or US federal or state level financial regulation or the application thereof to Aegon, including the designation of Aegon by the Financial Stability Board as a Global Systemically Important Insurer (G-SII);|
|||Changes in customer behavior and public opinion in general related to, among other things, the type of products Aegon sells, including legal, regulatory or commercial necessity to meet changing customer expectations;|
|||Acts of God, acts of terrorism, acts of war and pandemics;|
|||Changes in the policies of central banks and/or governments;|
|||Lowering of one or more of Aegons debt ratings issued by recognized rating organizations and the adverse impact such action may have on Aegons ability to raise capital and on its liquidity and financial condition;|
|||Lowering of one or more of insurer financial strength ratings of Aegons insurance subsidiaries and the adverse impact such action may have on the premium writings, policy retention, profitability and liquidity of its insurance subsidiaries;|
|||The effect of the European Unions Solvency II requirements and other regulations in other jurisdictions affecting the capital Aegon is required to maintain;|
|||Litigation or regulatory action that could require Aegon to pay significant damages or change the way Aegon does business;|
|||As Aegons operations support complex transactions and are highly dependent on the proper functioning of information technology, a computer system failure or security breach may disrupt Aegons business, damage its reputation and adversely affect its results of operations, financial condition and cash flows;|
|||Customer responsiveness to both new products and distribution channels;|
|||Competitive, legal, regulatory, or tax changes that affect profitability, the distribution cost of or demand for Aegons products;|
|||Changes in accounting regulations and policies or a change by Aegon in applying such regulations and policies, voluntarily or otherwise, which may affect Aegons reported results and shareholders equity;|
|||Aegons projected results are highly sensitive to complex mathematical models of financial markets, mortality, longevity, and other dynamic systems subject to shocks and unpredictable volatility. Should assumptions to these models later prove incorrect, or should errors in those models escape the controls in place to detect them, future performance will vary from projected results;|
|||The impact of acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals and other unusual items, including Aegons ability to integrate acquisitions and to obtain the anticipated results and synergies from acquisitions;|
|||Catastrophic events, either manmade or by nature, could result in material losses and significantly interrupt Aegons business;|
|||Aegons failure to achieve anticipated levels of earnings or operational efficiencies as well as other cost saving and excess capital and leverage ratio management initiatives; and|
|||This press release contains information that qualifies, or may qualify, as inside information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.|
Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting Aegon are described in its filings with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this document. Except as required by any applicable law or regulation, Aegon expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Aegons expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.