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THE HAGUE, the Netherlands,
August 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Higher underlying earnings driven by growth, cost reductions and favorable currency movements
Underlying earnings increase 10% to EUR 443 million
Impairments of EUR 42 million remain at low level
Net income of EUR 254 million includes one-time charge of EUR 265 million before tax related to product improvements for unit-linked insurance policies in the Netherlands
Return on equity of 6.8%, or 7.7% excluding run-off businesses
Total sales increase as a result of continued strong pension and asset management deposits
Deposits up 45% to EUR 9.8 billion driven by sales of US pensions and new asset management mandates
Accident and health sales increase 29% to EUR 187 million, driven mainly by growth in the Americas
New life sales stable at EUR 428 million; strong US sales offset by lower sales in NL and UK
Market consistent value of new business of EUR 117 million, mainly the effect of low interest rates
Interim dividend supported by strong capital position and cash flows
IGD a) solvency ratio increases to 216%; IGD surplus capital of EUR 8.3 billion
Capital base ratio increases to 74.6%; on track to exceed minimum of 75% by the end of 2012
Operational free cash flow, excluding market impact and one-time items, amounts to EUR 296 million
Interim dividend of EUR 0.10 per common share
Statement of Alex Wynaendts, CEO
"Despite the challenges of historically low interest rates, continued market volatility and stagnant growth affecting the world's leading economies, AEGON's businesses delivered a strong set of results in the second quarter, as measured by both sales and earnings. Our capital position improved further and our businesses generated healthy cash flows which support our decision to pay an interim dividend of
EUR 0.10 per common share.
"Net income was substantially impacted by the
EUR 265 million charge related to improvements to unit-linked insurance products in
the Netherlands, which we announced last May.
"We continue to see strong demand for our core products and services, particularly in
the United States where increased pension sales and a number of new asset management contracts resulted in a significant increase in total deposits.
"Today's results make clear that we are making solid progress in executing on our strategic priorities and that our cost reduction programs and disciplined risk management are delivering their intended benefits. We are grateful for the continued confidence of our customers in helping them achieve financial security, particularly in these uncertain times. We remain committed to providing them reliable long-term financial solutions, while at the same time, achieving the sustainable earnings growth our strategy aims to deliver."