Aegon Delivers Higher Underlying Earnings,
Sales and Value of New Business

Nov 07, 2013, 01:30 ET from United Business Media

Net income impacted by changes to economic assumptions

    - Solid growth in underlying earnings before tax
    - Underlying earnings up 7%, driven by business growth, higher equity markets,
      favorable mortality and actuarial assumption updates, and partly offset by unfavorable
      currency exchange rates
    - Fair value items loss of EUR 493 million, mainly as a result of aligning
      economic assumptions related to interest rates, bond fund and equity market returns
      with current market conditions
    - Net income amounts to EUR 227 million, mainly impacted by fair value losses
    - Return on equity amounts to 9.9% as a result of higher underlying earnings and
      one-time tax benefits
    - Sales growth mainly driven by higher variable annuity and pension deposits
    - New life sales increase 2% to EUR 412 million, driven by pension sales in the
    - Gross deposits up 17% to EUR 11.0 billion, driven by variable annuities and
      pensions in US
    - Net deposits, excluding run-off businesses, more than double to EUR 3.4
    - Accident & health sales decrease 12% to EUR 167 million due to the termination
      of certain distribution partnerships earlier this year and unfavorable currency
      exchange rates
    - Market consistent value of new business increases significantly to EUR 285
      million, as a result of higher interest rates, increased sales volumes and management
      actions to improve margins
    - Capital position remains strong; cash flows compressed by one-time items
    - Solvency ratio of 208%, reflecting move to swap curve for Dutch solvency
    - Holding excess capital at EUR 1.8 billion
    - Operational free cash flows of EUR 88 million, impacted by market movements
      and one-time items
</pre>    Statement of Alex Wynaendts, CEO

    "A further increase in underlying earnings and sales this quarter, and a sharp rise in
the value of new business, were primarily the result of management actions and favorable
market conditions. Net income was impacted, mainly by Aegon's decision to bring economic
assumptions for interest rates and equity markets in line with market conditions. Aegon
also maintained its strong capital position this quarter, a key element of our long-term

    "We accelerated the expansion of our digital distribution capabilities, reflecting our
strategic focus on innovation at all levels of our company to connect more effectively
with our customers in whatever ways they choose. Notable initiatives included the launch
of direct-to-consumer propositions in Spain and Central & Eastern Europe - we also reached
more than GBP 1 billion in assets on our new innovative retirement platform in the United
Kingdom, which launched just one year ago.

    "Our actions this quarter allow us to operate our business and serve our customers
more effectively while maintaining the strength of our company in the long-term. Looking
ahead, we are confident that the continued execution of our strategy and our strong
capital position fully support our ambition to become a leader in each of our chosen

    Key performance
    amounts in EUR                 Q3     Q2          Q3         YTD    YTD
    millions [b]        Notes   2013   2013    %   2012    %   2013   2012    %
    Underlying earnings
    before tax               1    531    478   11    494    7  1,454  1,390    5
    Net income               2    227    243  (7)    377 (40)    674  1,151 (41)
    Sales                    3  1,697  1,975 (14)  1,550    9  5,410  4,912   10
    Market consistent
    value of new
    business                 4    285    202   41    173   65    719    415   73
    Return on equity         5   9.9%   6.7%   48   8.0%   24   7.6%   7.3%    4

    - Additional steps taken to improve efficiency in the Americas and the
    - Aegon Direct propositions launched in Spain, trials commence in several CEE
    - Aegon Retirement Choices (ARC) platform in the UK surpasses GBP 1 billion in
</pre>    Aegon's ambition

    Aegon continues to pursue its strategic aim to be a leader in all of its chosen
markets, supported by four strategic objectives embedded in all Aegon businesses: Optimize
portfolio; Deliver operational excellence; Enhance customer loyalty; and Empower
employees. These provide the strategic framework for the company's ambition to become the
most-recommended life insurance and pension provider by customers and business partners,
as well as the most-preferred employer in the sector.

    Optimize portfolio

    Aegon is introducing variable annuity products and expertise to the German market.
This builds on Aegon's experience and best practices gained elsewhere in the group,
including the United States, where variable annuities are a significant business.

    Aegon continually reviews each of its businesses for strategic fit and return
prospects, and, as part of this review, announced the sale of its Czech pension business
this quarter. Exiting the pension business allows Aegon to focus more on the growing life
insurance market in the Czech Republic which better aligns with Aegon's desired risk
profile and return requirements.

    The Aegon Retirement Choices (ARC) platform in the UK continues to draw praise,
recently winning 'Best new platform' and 'Best use of platform technology' at the Aberdeen
UK Platform awards. The platform has achieved unprecedented growth, now exceeding GBP 1
billion of assets under administration.

    Deliver operational excellence

    Aegon's continued focus on cost efficiency is evident with the implementation of
operational improvements in the Americas and at the holding. The operational improvements
at the holding were initiated in October and are aimed at improving the service to
stakeholders, while reducing expenses. In the Americas, Aegon has begun to execute on a
restructuring program aimed at creating a broad range of synergies. A first important step
was taken toward this objective with the creation of a new division, Enterprise Business
Services (EBS) - a shared services group which has as its primary purpose to bring
together common back office functions and processes. This will enable the core businesses
to focus on delivering a quality customer experience, achieving their strategic
priorities, and developing innovative solutions, in addition to generating considerable
cost reductions. Moreover, EBS has also identified opportunities to source certain
professional functions that support Aegon's businesses to external providers who are able
to deliver those same services at a lower cost.

    Enhance customer loyalty

    Aegon believes that creating a customer-centric culture will enable it to grow further
by responding to changing markets and customer behaviors. A key element of Aegon's
strategy is to get closer to its customers by increased deployment of technology at all
levels of the organization. The Aegon Direct initiative was launched in Spain this
quarter, and began trials in several Central & Eastern European (CEE) countries. Aegon
Direct allows clients to research, obtain a quote for, and purchase insurance products

    Recent survey results from the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority show that
Aegon clients are the country's most satisfied bank and insurance clients. This follows a
concerted two-year effort to actively address customer complaints and adjust products
based on customer feedback.

    The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) celebrated its 10-year
anniversary by expanding to create the Transamerica Institute, including the new
Transamerica Center for Health Studies. TCRS helps people, employers and policymakers to
better understand retirement. The expansion aims to bring more clarity to navigating the
financial implications of health coverage decisions in the United States.

    Empower employees

    Aegon continues to implement initiatives to help employees better understand how they
contribute to Aegon's strategy. In Spain, Aegon has launched the 'Customer Voices' program
that appoints employees to be the customer voice or advocate in the organization. An early
result of this program has been an improved client welcome process which now includes a
personal letter and welcome phone call and a follow-up package with further information
about the company.

    In the United States, hundreds of Transamerica's employees from across the country
participated in the Healthy 4.01k walk. Sponsored by Transamerica's Employer Solutions &
Pensions division, this program reminded employees to walk the talk for retirement
readiness. Aegon believes this initiative, and others similar to it, will help its
employees better relate to customers, increasing customer brand loyalty and strengthening
its market position.

    Financial overview
                                                                   YTD     YTD
    EUR millions       Notes Q3 2013 Q2 2013    % Q3 2012    %    2013    2012    %
    earnings before
    Americas                     371     360    3     362    2   1,043   1,014    3
    The Netherlands               85      74   15      85    -     244     240    2
    United Kingdom                26      27  (4)      27  (4)      77      83  (7)
    New markets                   74      52   42      70    6     188     222 (15)
    Holding and other           (25)    (35)   29    (50)   50    (98)   (169)   42
    earnings before
    tax                          531     478   11     494    7   1,454   1,390    5
    Fair value items           (493)   (270) (83)   (142)    - (1,049)      88    -
    Realized gains /
    (losses) on
    investments                  202      82  146     128   58     397     258   54
    Impairment charges          (45)    (57)   21    (35) (29)   (119)   (118)  (1)
    Other income /
    (charges)                   (42)      27    -       3    -    (19)   (268)   93
    Run-off businesses             1      13 (92)      12 (92)       -      17    -
    Income before tax            154     273 (44)     460 (67)     664   1,367 (51)
    Income tax                    73    (30)    -    (83)    -      10   (216)    -
    Net income                   227     243  (7)     377 (40)     674   1,151 (41)
    Net income /
    attributable to:
    Equity holders of
    Aegon N.V.                   227     242  (6)     376 (40)     673   1,150 (41)
    interests                      -       1    -       1    -       1       1    -
    Net underlying
    earnings                     495     361   37     383   29   1,179   1,067   10
    Commissions and
    expenses                   1,447   1,491  (3)   1,361    6   4,355   4,300    1
    of which operating
    expenses              11     830     844  (2)     777    7   2,478   2,342    6
    New life sales
    Life single
    premiums                   1,282   1,652 (22)   1,125   14   4,425   3,353   32
    Life recurring
    annualized                   283     355 (20)     293  (3)     988     943    5
    Total recurring
    plus 1/10 single             412     520 (21)     405    2   1,431   1,278   12
    New life sales
    Americas              12     116     124  (6)     126  (8)     350     372  (6)
    The Netherlands               23      48 (52)      25  (8)     111      80   39
    United Kingdom               222     292 (24)     206    8     800     630   27
    New markets           12      51      56  (9)      48    6     170     196 (13)
    Total recurring
    plus 1/10 single             412     520 (21)     405    2   1,431   1,278   12
    New premium
    accident and
    health insurance             167     173  (3)     190 (12)     565     572  (1)
    New premium
    production general
    insurance                     16      14   14      12   33      44      39   13
    Gross deposits (on
    and off balance)
    Americas              12   7,957   6,417   24   6,391   25  21,362  20,427    5
    The Netherlands              278     327 (15)     275    1   1,009   1,202 (16)
    United Kingdom                99      71   39       5    -     219      22    -
    New markets           12   2,690   5,855 (54)   2,755  (2)  11,108   8,575   30
    Total gross
    deposits                  11,024  12,670 (13)   9,426   17  33,698  30,226   11
    Net deposits (on
    and off balance)
    Americas              12   2,576   1,185  117     904  185   5,374   2,703   99
    The Netherlands             (64)      85    -   (480)   87   (113)   (731)   85
    United Kingdom                80      53   51     (6)    -     173     (8)    -
    New markets           12     826   2,233 (63)   1,208 (32)   3,204   3,191    -
    Total net deposits
    excluding run-off
    businesses                 3,418   3,556  (4)   1,626  110   8,638   5,155   68
    Run-off businesses         (485)   (644)   25   (301) (61) (2,202) (1,940) (14)
    Total net deposits         2,933   2,912    1   1,325  121   6,436   3,215  100
                               Sept.    Jun.         Dec.
                                 30,     30,          31,
                                2013    2013    %    2012    %
    (total)                  468,973 465,772    1 459,077    2
    general account          137,419 140,388  (2) 145,021  (5)
    Investments for
    account of
    policyholders            161,165 155,893    3 152,968    5
    Off balance sheet
    investments third
    parties                  170,389 169,491    1 161,088    6

    Underlying earnings before tax

    Aegon's underlying earnings before tax in the third quarter of 2013 increased 7% to
EUR 531 million compared to the third quarter of 2012. Business growth, the positive
effects of favorable equity markets (EUR 33 million) and favorable mortality in the
Americas (EUR 15 million), more than offset the loss of earnings due to the sale of the
company's interests in partnerships in Spain and Asset Management (EUR 12 million) and the
impact of unfavorable currency exchange rates (EUR 23 million). In addition, actuarial
assumption updates and model refinements amounted to EUR 27 million in the third quarter
of 2013.

    Underlying earnings from the Americas increased 2% compared to the third quarter of
2012 to EUR 371 million. This was mainly due to growth in Variable Annuities and Pensions,
favorable mortality experience of EUR 15 million in Life & Protection, and a positive
impact of EUR 5 million of actuarial assumption changes and model refinements. These gains
were partly offset by unfavorable currency exchange rates.

    In the Netherlands, underlying earnings were stable at EUR 85 million as an earnings
recovery in Non-life and higher earnings in Pensions were offset by lower Life & Savings
earnings due to the non-recurrence of a provision release of EUR 8 million booked in the
third quarter of 2012.

    Underlying earnings from Aegon's operations in the United Kingdom amounted to EUR 26
million in the third quarter of 2013. The positive impact of higher equity markets was
more than offset by investments in technology, adverse persistency of EUR 5 million, and
unfavorable mortality experience and currency exchange rates. The effects of adverse
persistency are expected to continue into the fourth quarter of 2013.

    Underlying earnings from New Markets increased 6% to EUR 74 million, mainly due to the
positive impact of actuarial assumption changes and model refinements of EUR 22 million in
Asia in the third quarter of 2013, compared to EUR 7 million in the third quarter of 2012.
Results in Spain were impacted by EUR 9 million as a result of the divestments of the
joint ventures with Banca Civica and Unnim, while earnings from Asset Management were
impacted by EUR 3 million due to the divestment of hedge fund manager Prisma.

    Total holding costs decreased 50% to EUR 25 million, mainly as a result of lower net
interest costs following debt redemptions and lower operating expenses.

    Net income

    Net income decreased 40% to EUR 227 million as higher losses from fair value items
were only partly offset by higher underlying earnings, increased realized gains and tax

    Fair value items

    The results from fair value items amounted to a loss of EUR 493 million. The loss was
mainly driven by long-term economic assumption changes totaling EUR 405 million. Aegon
reduced its annual equity market total return assumption from 9% to 8%, accounting for
approximately EUR 135 million of the total. In addition, the long-term assumption for
10-year US Treasury yields was lowered by 50 basis points to 4.25%, while the grading
period towards the long-term assumption was increased from 5 to 10 years for both the
10-year US Treasury yield assumption and the return assumption for separate account bond
funds. The separate account bond funds return assumption is now set at 4% for 10 years,
and 6% thereafter. These interest rate related adjustments accounted for approximately EUR
270 million of the total.

    The loss on fair value hedges without an accounting match under IFRS was EUR 116
million. This was mainly driven by the macro hedge in the Americas, on which the loss was
EUR 95 million, as a result of the strong equity market performance in the third quarter
of 2013. For similar reasons, the loss on the equity collar hedge was EUR 36 million.

    Fair value hedging with an accounting match, which include the hedges on Aegon's GMWB
variable annuities block and the guarantees on general account products in the
Netherlands, contributed EUR 31 million to earnings. Fair value investments outperformed
by EUR 13 million, mainly driven by credit derivatives.

    Realized gains on investments

    In the third quarter, realized gains on investments increased 58% to EUR 202 million
and were the result of adjustments to the asset mix in the investment portfolio in the
Netherlands to bring it in line with the new regulatory yield curve, as well as normal
trading activity.

    Impairment charges

    Impairments were up compared to last year and amounted to EUR 45 million. These
largely related to impairments on structured assets in the Americas and a single corporate
exposure in the United Kingdom, as well as residential mortgage loans in the Netherlands
and Hungary.

    Other income

    Other income amounted to a loss of EUR 42 million. The negative impact of the
intangibles write off related to the Polish pension fund business of EUR 182 million and
restructuring charges in the Americas of EUR 27 million, were partly offset by a gain of
EUR 74 million on the sale of the joint venture with CAM and a gain on the recapture of
certain reinsurance contracts in the Americas of EUR 126 million.

    Run-off businesses

    The results of run-off businesses declined to EUR 1 million, mainly driven by lower
spreads and unfavorable mortality in payout annuities.

    Income tax

    Income tax amounted to a benefit of EUR 73 million in the third quarter. The effective
tax rate on underlying earnings for the third quarter of 2013 was 7%, mainly driven by a
benefit in the United Kingdom from a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 23% to 20%.

    Return on equity

    Return on equity increased to 9.9% for the third quarter of 2013, driven by higher net
underlying earnings, which included a one-time tax benefit in the United Kingdom. Return
on equity for Aegon's ongoing businesses, excluding the run-off businesses, amounted to
10.9% over the same period.

    Operating expenses

    In the third quarter, operating expenses increased 7% to EUR 830 million mainly due to
the non-recurrence of a benefit plan release recorded in the third quarter of 2012,
restructuring expenses in the Americas and higher variable annuities sales and employee
performance related expenses related to the growth of the business in the Americas. On a
comparable basis, operating expenses increased 4%. Approximately half of this increase was
driven by additional investments in technology to support future growth, with the
remainder mainly the result of the growth of the business in the Americas.


    Compared to the third quarter of 2012, Aegon's total sales increased 9% to EUR 1.7
billion. New life sales were up by 2%, driven mainly by higher pension production in the
United Kingdom, partly offset by unfavorable currency movements. In the Americas, new life
sales were down 8%, primarily driven by adverse currency movements, as well as lower
universal life sales due to product withdrawals and product redesign, resulting from the
focus on value creation. Gross deposits increased 17%, with particular success in both the
variable annuity and retirement business in the United States, partly offset by
unfavorable currency movements. Net deposits, excluding run-off businesses, more than
doubled to EUR 3.4 billion and were primarily driven by variable annuity and retirement
deposits in the United States.

    Market consistent value of new business

    The market consistent value of new business increased strongly to EUR 285 million
mainly as a result of strong sales growth and higher margins in the United States and a
higher contribution from mortgage production in the Netherlands.

    Revenue-generating investments

    Revenue-generating investments increased 1% during the third quarter of 2013 to EUR
469 billion, driven by continued net inflows and higher equity markets, partly offset by
unfavorable currency exchange rates.

    Capital management

    Shareholders' equity decreased EUR 0.8 billion compared to the end of the second
quarter of 2013 to EUR 20.3 billion at September 30, 2013. This was driven by unfavorable
currency exchange rates and higher interest rates, resulting in lower revaluation
reserves. The revaluation reserves declined by EUR 0.4 billion to EUR 3.4 billion. Aegon's
shareholders' equity, excluding revaluation reserves and defined benefit plan
remeasurements, amounted to EUR 17.8 billion. The gross leverage ratio improved to 30.1%
in the third quarter, as outstanding commercial paper was reduced by EUR 0.2 billion.
Excess capital in the holding decreased to EUR 1.8 billion, as proceeds of EUR 0.4 billion
received from the divestment of the joint venture with CAM were more than offset by the
payment of the interim dividend of EUR 0.2 billion, a net capital injection into Aegon's
operating units of EUR 0.2 billion and interest payments and operating expenses.

    Shareholders' equity per common share, excluding revaluation reserves and defined
benefit plan remeasurements, amounted to EUR 8.42 at September 30, 2013.

    At September 30, 2013, Aegon's Insurance Group Directive (IGD) ratio decreased to
208%, driven by the switch to the swap curve for regulatory solvency calculations in the
Netherlands and the payment of the 2013 interim dividend. The capital in excess of the S&P
AA threshold in the United States increased by USD 0.1 billion to USD 0.9 billion, as
earnings for the quarter were largely offset by additional tax charges. The IGD ratio,
excluding Aegon Bank, in the Netherlands was flat at ~245%. The Pillar I ratio in the
United Kingdom, including the with-profit fund, was ~140% at the end of the third quarter
of 2013. This was up from ~130% at the end of the second quarter of 2013, mainly
reflecting EUR 0.2 billion of capital received from the holding. As of this quarter, Aegon
includes the with-profit fund in the reported Pillar I ratio, which is in line with the
regulatory requirements in the United Kingdom.

    On October 18, 2013, the Dutch Ministry of Finance shared the results of the impact
study for Solvency 1.5 and started a consultation process on the final calibrations. Aegon
does not expect Solvency 1.5 to have an impact on its capital policy.

    On October 15, 2013, Aegon completed the share buyback program announced on September
17, 2013, to neutralize the dilutive effect of the 2013 interim dividend paid in shares.
Between September 17, 2013, and October 14, 2013, 19,047,358 common shares were
repurchased under the share buyback program, at an average price of EUR 5.62 per share.

    Cash flows

    Operational free cash flows were EUR 88 million in the third quarter of 2013.
Excluding one-time items of EUR (112) million and market impacts of EUR (91) million,
operational free cash flows amounted to EUR 291 million. The one-items were primarily
related to changes to regulatory requirements and tax charges. The impact of market
movements during the third quarter mainly resulted from lower credit spreads in the United
Kingdom and the tax impact of hedge losses in the Americas.

    Aegon did not receive material dividends from its operating units during the third
quarter of 2013.

    overview, Q3
                                          The  United     New activities &
    EUR millions         Americas Netherlands Kingdom Markets eliminations  Total
    earnings before
    tax by line of
    Life                 162               59      20      38            -    279
    savings and
    products             138                -       -     (4)            -    134
    Pensions              69               27       6       3            -    105
    Non-life               -              (3)       -       9            -      6
    Distribution           -                2       -       -            -      2
    Asset Management       -                -       -      24            -     24
    Other                  -                -       -       -         (25)   (25)
    Share in
    earnings before
    tax of
    associates             2                -       -       4            -      6
    earnings before
    tax                  371               85      26      74         (25)    531
    Fair value items   (502)               14     (8)    (12)           15  (493)
    Realized gains /
    (losses) on
    investments            7              190       9     (4)            -    202
    charges             (16)             (13)    (12)     (4)            -   (45)
    Other income /
    (charges)             90              (2)     (1)   (124)          (5)   (42)
    businesses             1                -       -       -            -      1
    Income before
    tax                 (49)              274      14    (70)         (15)    154
    Income tax            56             (84)      89       6            6     73
    Net income             7              190     103    (64)          (9)    227
    Net underlying
    earnings             280               66     119      48         (18)    495
    Employee numbers
                        Sept. 30,    Dec. 31,
                        2013             2012
    agents, joint
    ventures and
    associates        20,639           20,902
    Agents             2,856            2,748
    Total number of
    excluding joint
    ventures &
    associates        23,495           23,650
    Aegon's share of
    agents) in joint
    ventures             724              757
    Aegon's share of
    agents) in
    associates         2,475            2,443
    Total             26,694           26,850

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    Cautionary note regarding non-IFRS measures

    This document includes the non-IFRS financial measures: underlying earnings before
tax, income tax, income before tax and market consistent value of new business. These
non-IFRS measures are calculated by consolidating on a proportionate basis Aegon's joint
ventures and associated companies. The reconciliation of these measures, except for market
consistent value of new business, to the most comparable IFRS measure is provided in note
3 'Segment information' of Aegon's Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.
Market consistent value of new business is not based on IFRS, which are used to report
Aegon's primary financial statements and should not be viewed as a substitute for IFRS
financial measures. Aegon may define and calculate market consistent value of new business
differently than other companies. Aegon believes that its non-IFRS measures, together with
the IFRS information, provide meaningful information about the underlying operating
results of Aegon's business including insight into the financial measures that senior
management uses in managing the business.

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    This document contains certain information about Aegon's results, financial condition
and revenue generating investments presented in USD for the Americas and GBP for the
United Kingdom, because those businesses operate and are managed primarily in those
currencies. Certain comparative information presented on a constant currency basis
eliminates the effects of changes in currency exchange rates. None of this information is
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results may differ materially from expectations conveyed in forward-looking statements due
to changes caused by various risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include
but are not limited to the following:

    - Changes in general economic conditions, particularly in the United States,
      the Netherlands and the United Kingdom;
    - Changes in the performance of financial markets, including emerging markets,
      such as with regard to:
         - The frequency and severity of defaults by issuers in Aegon's fixed income
         investment portfolios;
         - The effects of corporate bankruptcies and/or accounting restatements on
         the financial markets and the resulting decline in the value of equity and debt
         securities Aegon holds; and
         - The effects of declining creditworthiness of certain private sector
         securities and the resulting decline in the value of sovereign exposure that Aegon
    - Changes in the performance of Aegon's investment portfolio and decline in
      ratings of Aegon's counterparties;
    - Consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro;
    - The frequency and severity of insured loss events;
    - Changes affecting longevity, mortality, morbidity, persistence and other
      factors that may impact the profitability of Aegon's insurance products;
    - Reinsurers to whom Aegon has ceded significant underwriting risks may fail to
      meet their obligations;
    - Changes affecting interest rate levels and continuing low or rapidly changing
      interest rate levels;
    - Changes affecting currency exchange rates, in particular the EUR/USD and
      EUR/GBP exchange rates;
    - Changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, liquidity sources
      such as bank and capital markets funding, as well as conditions in the credit markets
      in general such as changes in borrower and counterparty creditworthiness;
    - Increasing levels of competition in the United States, the Netherlands, the
      United Kingdom and emerging markets;
    - Changes in laws and regulations, particularly those affecting Aegon's
      operations, ability to hire and retain key personnel, the products Aegon sells, and
      the attractiveness of certain products to its consumers;
    - Regulatory changes relating to the insurance industry in the jurisdictions in
      which Aegon operates;
    - Changes in customer behavior and public opinion in general related to, among
      other things, the type of products also Aegon sells, including legal, regulatory or
      commercial necessity to meet changing customer expectations;
    - Acts of God, acts of terrorism, acts of war and pandemics;
    - Changes in the policies of central banks and/or governments;
    - Lowering of one or more of Aegon's debt ratings issued by recognized rating
      organizations and the adverse impact such action may have on Aegon's ability to raise
      capital and on its liquidity and financial condition;
    - Lowering of one or more of insurer financial strength ratings of Aegon's
      insurance subsidiaries and the adverse impact such action may have on the premium
      writings, policy retention, profitability and liquidity of its insurance subsidiaries;
    - The effect of the European Union's Solvency II requirements and other
      regulations in other jurisdictions affecting the capital Aegon is required to
    - Litigation or regulatory action that could require Aegon to pay significant
      damages or change the way Aegon does business;
    - As Aegon's operations support complex transactions and are highly dependent on
      the proper functioning of information technology, a computer system failure or
      security breach may disrupt Aegon's business, damage its reputation and adversely
      affect its results of operations, financial condition and cash flows;
    - Customer responsiveness to both new products and distribution channels;
    - Competitive, legal, regulatory, or tax changes that affect profitability, the
      distribution cost of or demand for Aegon's products;
    - Changes in accounting regulations and policies or a change by Aegon in
      applying such regulations and policies, voluntarily or otherwise, may affect Aegon's
      reported results and shareholders' equity;
    - The impact of acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, product
      withdrawals and other unusual items, including Aegon's ability to integrate
      acquisitions and to obtain the anticipated results and synergies from acquisitions;
    - Catastrophic events, either manmade or by nature, could result in material
      losses and significantly interrupt Aegon's business; and
    - Aegon's failure to achieve anticipated levels of earnings or operational
      efficiencies as well as other cost saving initiatives.
</pre>    Further details of potential risks and uncertainties affecting Aegon are described in
its filings with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets and the US Securities
and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report. These forward-looking statements
speak only as of the date of this document. Except as required by any applicable law or
regulation, Aegon expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly
any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any
change in Aegon's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or
circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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