03 January 2017

RNS Number : 1223T
Legal & General Group Plc
03 January 2017



As previously notified on the 11th August 2016, Legal & General Group plc ("Legal & General") has today announced the completion of the sale of Cofunds and IPS to Aegon.

This is the third transaction completed with Aegon by Legal & General. These transactions are the acquisition of Aegon's £2.9 billion annuity back book, the 5 year individual annuity distribution agreement for Aegon pension customers with Legal & General, and the acquisition of Cofunds and IPS by Aegon.

Legal & General's strategy is focused on scalable businesses in growth markets, where it can deliver attractive returns on capital. Legal & General has developed a market leading, scalable, international define contribution business. As Cofunds is at a point it requires significant upgrade in technology to exploit its leadership position, its long-term ownership and growth potential are best achieved under the ownership of a specialist wealth platform provider.




For further information, please contact:


Laura Doyle                       Head of Investor Relations                                                                                       020 3124 2088

Sujee Rajah                      Investor Relations Manager                                                                                     020 3124 2047



Richard King                     Head of Group Corporate Communications                                                        020 3124 2095


Notes to editors:

Legal & General Group Plc:


1.     Established in 1836, Legal & General is a leading provider of insurance, savings and investment management products in the UK. The Group has a market capitalisation of £14.74bn (as at 30 December 2016) and is responsible for investing £841.5bn worldwide (as at 30 June 2016) on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders.

2.     Legal & General has over seven million customers in the UK for life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans and over one million customers in the US who rely on us for life assurance.

3.     In 2015, Legal & General's operating profit (IFRS basis) was £1,455m and adjusted earnings per share were 18.58p for the period, an increase of 14% and 11% respectively. For H1 2016 Legal & General's adjusted operating profit was £822m, an increase of 10%, profit before tax attributable to equity holders was £826m, an increase of 23%, adjusted earnings per share were 11.20p for the period, an increase of 14%, and net cash generation of £727m, an increase of 16%.


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Forward-looking statements

This announcement may contain certain forward-looking statements relating to Legal & General, its plans and its current goals and expectations relating to future financial condition, performance and results. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances which are beyond Legal & General's control, including, among others, UK domestic and global economic and business conditions, market related risks such as fluctuations in interest rates and exchange rates, the policies and actions of regulatory and Governmental authorities, the impact of competition, the timing impact of these events and other uncertainties of future acquisition or combinations within relevant industries. As a result, Legal & General's actual future condition, performance and results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements and persons reading this announcement should not place reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as at the date on which such statements are made and Legal & General Group Plc does not undertake to update forward-looking statements contained in this announcement or any other forward-looking statement it may make.

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