Legal & General Group Plc (“Legal & General”) announces that its global PRT business has completed eight transactions over March, securing a total of £261m of pensioners’ benefits. The deals, covering UK and US pension schemes, range in size from approximately £2.2m to £80m. Three separate transactions were signed on Friday 27 March alone.
2 Apr 2020
These are challenging times for many and the security of income in retirement is a concern to current and future pensioners. Our customer service team is working remotely and continuing to service and support pension scheme members, many of whom are relying on receiving their pensions at this worrying time.
The PRT market in both the UK and the US continues to transact, with well-prepared schemes in particular taking advantage of the good pricing opportunities available.
Legal & General’s Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) team is well accustomed to ‘agile working’, but has now developed practices to remotely price, negotiate, and sign PRT deals. This puts us in a strong position to continue meeting market demand for PRT over the coming months as the Covid-19 situation continues.
Chris DeMarco: "Amidst a challenging environment and great uncertainty, today’s announcement demonstrates that despite the significant disruption we are still able to provide security to pension scheme members through risk transfer transactions.
Recent history demonstrates that periods of market disruption may provide opportunities for schemes to de-risk their schemes. The sharp widening of credit spreads, combined with the strong appreciation in the value of gilts many schemes are holding, has improved buy-in and buyout pricing.
Legal & General have in place the team and resources to continue servicing our clients remotely as well as meeting demand for further risk transfer transactions. We are pleased that we were able to help these eight new schemes to safeguard their members’ benefits."
Notes to editors
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, 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 30 June 2021
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 £85 billion as at 30 June 2021, of which over £25 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 June 2021)