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Legal & General demonstrates strong value creation through four realisations

Legal & General Capital (“LGC”) recently held a Capital Markets event which provided an overview of LGC’s alternative asset strategy and ambitions[1] . We highlight below several “proof-points” which demonstrate that LGC’s strategy is being executed effectively to generate significant shareholder value.

11 Nov 2021


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  • MediaCity is a long-standing joint venture between Peel Land & Property Group and LGC which has developed Europe’s leading creative, tech and digital hub on the banks of the Manchester ship canal. Last week it was announced that Land Securities Group PLC had acquired a 75% stake in MediaCity for a net purchase price of £425.6m. The purchase price received by Legal & General, together with the £40m of net distributions received through our period of ownership since 2015, have resulted in a total return of 1.6x on the initial investment. We are reinvesting in Manchester through our University and Alderley Park developments.

  • Inspired Villages Group (“IVG”) is an operator and developer of later living accommodation established by LGC in August 2017. We recently announced a new 15 year £500m Joint Venture (“JV”) with Natwest Group Pension Fund (“NWPTL”).2 As part of the new JV, LGC has sold a 50% stake in Inspired Villages’ first 11 sites to NWPTL based on an enterprise value of over £300m, for which we received £127m. LGC’s investment in IVG sites at the point of sale was £202.4m, resulting in a return of 1.3x on the initial investment. In addition, the Group intends to sell several surplus Later Living sites over the next few months.

  • Pod Point is an electric vehicle (“EV”) charge point provider first backed by LGC in 2019, and in which EDF and LGC are currently the principal investors. Pod Point is benefiting from the strong growth in EVs and, by extension, the growing demand for EV charge points. We expect demand, and Pod Point’s profits, to continue to grow as we move towards 2030, the year from which sales of new petrol- and diesel-powered cars and vans will be banned. The IPO has raised c£120m of gross proceeds to support the ambitious growth plans of this innovative UK company, this implies a return of 3.8x on LGC’s initial investment. LGC now owns c14% of the company (c22% previously).­­

  • Current Health is a platform which supports healthcare organisations by providing a window into patient health at home and enabling them to manage all aspects of in-home care. The recent sale of Current Health to Best Buy has generated a return for Legal & General, including funds it manages, of 5.3x its original investment.3

Collectively, these four transactions are expected to generate a return of 1.6x the initial investment.

Laura Mason, CEO of LGC: “LGC’s recent transactions are valuable “proof-points”, demonstrating LGC’s ability to realise significant value for shareholders from its alternative asset portfolio. We will invest the proceeds from these transactions into further compelling alternative investment opportunities – in the UK and overseas – in line with our 10-12% return ambition range.”
Jeff Davies, Group CFO: “Legal & General has a strong track record of realising value from investments, demonstrated by our 20% ROE. LGC is increasingly contributing to the Group’s financial metrics. Including the proceeds from the previously announced sale of a retail investment back-book in our Personal Investing business4 alongside the LGC transactions, we expect to realise cash income of more than £500m. This puts us in a strong position to continue investing.”


1
LGC Capital Markets Event materials
2 IVG press release
3 Both LGC (Venture Capital, through a fund managed by ADV) and LGRR (our Retail Retirement division) held stakes in Current Health
4 Personal Investing press release

Notes to editors

Legal & General Capital (LGC) is Legal & General Group’s alternative asset platform, creating assets for Legal & General Retirement and third-party clients in order to achieve improved risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders.  LGC has built its capabilities in a range of alternative sectors, including in residential property; specialist commercial real estate; clean energy; alternative credit; and venture capital, which are all supported by long-term structural growth drivers, meet a financing gap and respond to a scarcity of supply that is underpinned by enduring societal needs.

Its purpose is to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit. Investing in the real economy and supporting the Group’s focus on climate and inclusive capitalism, LGC’s investments create jobs, change lives and contribute towards a net zero carbon future.

Legal & General has invested over £29bn in levelling-up regional economies, including through major UK-wide regeneration schemes and has recently made a commitment to enable all its new homes to operate at net zero carbon emissions from 2030.

(As of June 2021)

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

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