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Legal & General agrees £225m buy-in with Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces it agreed a £225 million buy-in in February with the Combined Newell and Record Section of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”). The transaction secures the benefits of more than 800 retirees and 900 deferred members.

11 Mar 2022


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The sponsoring company, Newell Brands (formerly Newell Rubbermaid; NASDAQ: NWL), is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands across several business units including writing, food and home fragrance.

Today’s transaction represents the Scheme’s second buy-in policy with Legal & General. It follows an existing buy-in with the Combined Parker and Sanford Section of the Scheme.

After being selected as preferred insurer in December 2021, Legal & General provided a price lock to the value of the Scheme’s portfolio of gilts. This gave the Scheme price certainty over the year-end and into 2022, while the terms of the buy-in were being agreed.

The sponsor and Trustee were advised on the transaction by Aon and legal advice was provided to the Trustee by Pinsent Masons. Clifford Chance provided legal advice to Legal & General.

Rachel Cutts, Director, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: "Our tailored price locks provide price certainty for trustees, particularly during the current period of high market volatility. We’re pleased to have been able to provide this certainty for the Trustee and to complete a further transaction with the Scheme, which is now on the final stretch of its de-risking journey. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Trustee to convert both policies to buyout and to our in-house administration team welcoming the Scheme’s members as Legal & General policyholders.”

For further information:

Margrit

Margrit Williams

Director of External Engagement

Legal & General Capital

Notes to editors:

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management* of which 39% 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.

Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI) works with trustees and sponsoring companies of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes of all sizes to settle their pension obligations and secure scheme members’ benefits, through a full range of buy-ins, buyouts and other de-risking solutions. Our Client Services’ 12-month rolling Net Promoter Score (NPS) is above 70, which is widely regarded as being at a “world class” level. Including the premium to be received in relation to this transaction, LGRI has annuity assets estimated at £63bn.