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
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.”
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 £1.4 trillion in total assets under management* of which a third is international. We also provide powerful asset origination capabilities. Together, these 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. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.
* at 9 March 2022
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 UK Retirement annuity book stands at over £89 billion as at 9 March 2022, of which over £28 billion is invested in direct investments that deliver positive social and environmental impacts, such as clean energy and affordable housing.
Our Client Services’ 12-month rolling Net Promoter Score (NPS) is above +70, which is widely regarded as being at a “world class” level.
(As of 31 Dec 2021)