Legal & General’s performance in its H1 21 release came with a certain satisfaction. Most of it is attributable to an improving rates environment and strong performances, finally, from LGC and LGI.
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L&G reported an operating profit from continuing divisions (excluding Mature Savings and General Insurance businesses) of £1,128m, -2.2% yoy. The COVID-19-related cost was £129m. LGR posted a growing operating profit to £721m. Net profit amounted to £290m vs. £874m a year before, being affected by the reduced discount rate used to calculate LGI reserves. The Solvency II ratio stood at 173%. The Board recommended an interim dividend of 4.93p/share, stable relative to H1 19.
L&G posted a rare update of its main figures in Q1 20, as it usually only releases half-year results. The company said it is in a good shape, with a developing Pension Risk Transfer business (transactions of £1.2bn with a business pipeline of £26bn). Annuity sales are growing and the asset management business recorded net inflows of £10.6bn. The insurer will issue Tier 2 subordianted debt and said its capital position remains solid. This announcement confirms our estimates for the 2020 performan
L&G released operating profit from continuing divisions of £2,514m, up 17% yoy. All business units posted an upward trend in earnings. The profit excludes the mortality release of £155m and the Mature Savings and General Insurance businesses (£11m). Net profit stood at £1,834m. The proposed dividend is 12.64p/share, bringing the annual dividend to 17.57p. The Solvency II ratio stood at 184%. We keep our positive opinion on L&G, the business model of which allows it to benefit from increasing num
L&G’s operating earnings improved significantly in the H1 19 (5.6% to £1,005m). This performance was better than expected. The insurer will revise its mortality hypothesis in the H2 with an additional £200m on operating earnings by the end of the year. The reduction in the capital position is not particularly a source of concerns and it should recover in the H2. The increased interim dividend to 4.93p/share and the growing business confirm the solidity of the Group.
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L&G reported FY18 operating profit from divisions of £2,231m, 1% above estimates. All business lines posted an improvement in profitability, mainly L&G Retirement which recorded a 21.8% increase in its operating earnings to £1,115m. AuM crossed the threshold of £1tn. Net profit reached £1,827m, -3% yoy, as the prior year recorded a one-off US tax benefit of £246m, and perfectly in line with estimates. The proposed final dividend is 11.82p. We keep our positive opinion on the company.
According to Sky News, L&G has instructed Fenchurch Advisory Partners to sell its general insurance business. This is a small business unit that has no significant impact on the insurer’s operating earnings. The revealed valuation matches our figures. However, this sale may be difficult to achieve, as the general insurance market remains tough.
L&G reported an operating profit of £909m, up 5% year-on-year. Except for General Insurance, all business lines posted an improvement in profitability. The Solvency II surplus reached £6.9bn and the coverage ratio stood at 193%. The Board recommended an interim dividend of 4.6p/share vs. 4.3p the year before. We will increase the full-year dividend as we expected only a 2.6% increase compared to FY 17. Our opinion remains positive on the insurer.
The Financial Times revealed in an article that several employees at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) have accused the asset manager of a series of compliance and risk failures that potentially cost its clients millions of pounds. The risk culture within the group was qualified as “toxic” and “is reaching crisis levels”.
The insurer said that it has taken these issues seriously. In the months since these allegations were first made, it has conducted a full investigation using exter
L&G posted excellent figures: an increase in its operating profit by 32% to £2,055m, in pre-tax profit by 32% to £2,090m and in net profit by 50% to £1,902m. This exceptional performance is due to the positive impact of the mortality release (£332m) and the one-off US tax benefit (£246m). The proposed final dividend is 11.5p/share, bringing the total dividend to 15.35p/share. Excluding exceptional items, no major changes are expected in our model. We keep a positive opinion on the insurer.
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