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Full Year 2023 Results: Set to achieve our 5 year ambitions, with record new business volumes and resilient in-year profit generation

6 Mar 2024


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António Simões, Group Chief Executive: “Everything I have seen since joining the business in January has confirmed what attracted me to Legal & General. We have an authentic sense of purpose and stand out for our market-leading businesses, performance track record and strong balance sheet, delivered by talented colleagues.

"Our 2023 performance reflects these strengths. We are on course to achieve our five-year targets, and demonstrated resilience in challenging markets to achieve record new business volumes in pension risk transfer, UK annuities and US protection, increasing our store of future profit. Our international assets under management and alternative assets portfolio continue to grow, as does our position in the UK defined contribution pensions market.

"We must be as ambitious for Legal & General’s future as we are proud of our history. This is the right moment to take a fresh perspective, build on our track record and set out a vision for profitable and sustainable growth. I look forward to outlining our strategy and plans at our Capital Markets Event on 12 June.”

Resilient financial performance1
  • Operating profit of £1,667m (2022: £1,663m)
  • Profit after tax2 of £457m (2022: £783m)
  • Solvency II capital generation of £1.8bn (2022: £1.8bn)
  • Solvency II coverage ratio3of 224%, with surplus of £9.2bn (2022: 236%, £9.9bn)
  • Dividend per share of 20.34p, up 5% (2022: 19.37p)
Growth in our store of future profit: up 9% to £14.7bn4
  • Record volumes across our insurance businesses:
    • £13.7bn of institutional annuities (£10.5bn retained premium5)
    • £1.4bn of individual annuities
    • $175m of US protection new business premium
  • New business CSM contributed £1.2bn (2022: £0.9bn)
  • CSM has grown 9% to £13.0bn (2022: £11.9bn)
Set to achieve our five-year (2020-2024) ambitions
  • Cumulative Solvency II capital generation of £6.8bn (£8-9bn by 2024)
  • Cumulative dividends declared of £4.5bn (£5.6-5.9bn by 2024)
  • Cumulative net surplus generation over dividends of £0.8bn
  • The Board’s intention is to grow the dividend at 5% for the year FY246, as previously communicated

  1. The Group uses a number of Alternative Performance Measures (including adjusted operating profit) to enhance understanding of the Group’s performance. These are defined in the glossary, on pages 83 to 83 of this report. IFRS 17 was introduced on 1st January 2023, comparatives have been restated accordingly.
  2. Profit after tax attributable to equity holders.
  3. Solvency II coverage ratio before the payment of 2023 final dividend.
  4. Store of future profit refers to the gross of tax combination of established Contractual Service Margin “CSM” and Risk Adjustment “RA” (net of reinsurance) under IFRS 17.
  5. Net premium after deducting for funded reinsurance relating to 2023 PRT transactions.
  6. Absent market shocks / events outside of our control.

Further information

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Ed Houghton

Group Strategy & Investor Relations Director

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Lauren Kemp

Group Head of Corporate Media & Issues

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Notes to editors

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with £1.2 trillion in total assets under management1 of which 40% is international. We have a unique and highly synergistic business model, which continues to drive strong returns. Legal & General provides powerful asset origination and management capabilities directly to clients, which also underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions. We are a leading international player in Pension Risk Transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Our purpose is to improve the lives of our customers and create value for our shareholders. Through inclusive capitalism, we are investing in long-term assets, such as real estate and infrastructure, that can help build a better society for the future.

1Data as at 31 December 2023.