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Rolls-Royce Buyout: Legal & General completes largest pension buyout of 2016 with £1.1 billion Vickers Group Pension Scheme

Kerrigan Procter

Kerrigan ProcterLegal & General Group Plc (“Legal & General”) today announced it has completed a £1.1 billion pension buyout for the Vickers Group Pension Scheme, part of the Rolls-Royce Group, covering over 11,000 members.

Legal & General Retirement sales year to date are £6.7 billion, with £6.3 billion in annuities and £0.4 billion in lifetime mortgages. The decrease in the Group’s Solvency II surplus from new business regulatory capital strain is expected to be less than £200m (circa 3% of premiums) for business year to date.

Kerrigan Procter, Managing Director of Legal & General Retirement (photo), said: “We look forward to welcoming the 11,000 members of the Vickers Group Pension Scheme to Legal & General. We are pleased to have worked closely with the Scheme Trustees, their advisers Mercer, and the Rolls-Royce Group to achieve a full buyout. Our relationship with the Trustees has been a long-standing one, starting in 2007 with an LDI mandate to de-risk the Scheme and now culminating in a full buyout.  We are grateful for being able to play a part as the Trustees, with patient and careful management, steered their way through the financial crisis, recession, the consequences of QE and latterly the outcome of the EU referendum before reaching the point where buyout was appropriate and achievable for all Scheme members.”

Joel Griffin, Head of Pensions at Rolls-Royce said: “This is a great testimony to the work of the Trustees and the Company working collaboratively over many years to ensure that this scheme is well funded with a prudent investment strategy to enable this excellent outcome for former Vickers employees.”


For more information please contact:


Richard King

Richard King
Head of Group Corporate Communications

t: +44 (0) 20 3124 2095
m: +44 (0) 7515 324001


Laura Doyle, Head of Investor Relations
t: +44 (0) 20 3124 2088

Sujee Rajah, Investor Relations Manager
t: +44 (0) 20 3124 2047


Notes to editors:

Legal & General Group Plc:

  1. Bulk annuities sales at H1 2016 were £3.6 billion. In May, we acquired a £2.9 billion annuity back book from Aegon.  Following Brexit, we announced in July a £750 million pension risk transfer deal with ICI, and by September sales were at £4.8 billion. On the completion of the Vickers Group Pension scheme, sales year to date for pension risk transfer are at £6 billion.
  2. Lifetime mortgage sales at H1 2016 were £231 million. In July we signed a 5 year distribution agreement with Santander, and by September sales were at £361 million. Year to date lifetime mortgage sales are at £443 million.
  3. Individual annuities sales at H1 2016 were £158 million. In July we announced a 5 year distribution with Aegon. At September sales were at £248 million, and year to date sales are at £300 million.
  4. 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 £13.8bn (as at 11th November 2016) and is responsible for investing £841.5bn worldwide (as at 30 June 2016) on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 profit before tax was £826m, an increase of 23%, adjusted earnings per share were 11.20p for the period, an increase of 14%, and net cash of £727m, an increase of 16%.

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