Aegon Grows Earnings and Sales in Q4; Proposes
Increased Final Dividend

Feb 15, 2013, 01:30 ET from United Business Media


    - Higher underlying earnings driven by growth, lower expenses and favorable
    - Underlying earnings increase 29% to EUR 447 million as a result of business
      growth, successful delivery on cost reduction programs, the non-recurrence of
      exceptional charges in the UK and favorable equity markets and currency movements
    - Strong increase in net income to EUR 422 million driven by higher underlying
      earnings, realized gains on investments, lower impairments and book gains on
    - Return on equity increases to 7.2%, and 8.0% excluding run-off businesses
    - Consecutive sales growth
    - New life sales increase 36% to EUR 677 million; particularly strong sales in
      the UK, NL and US
    - Accident & health and general insurance sales increase 5% to EUR 212 million
    - Deposits of EUR 9.2 billion; 30% increase reflects continued strong pension,
      variable annuity and asset management deposits
    - Market consistent value of new business increases strongly to EUR 204 million
      as a result of product repricing, improved margins and higher sales
    - Strong capital position and cash flows
    - Capital base ratio of 76.7%, well-above target of at least 75% by year-end
    - IGDa) solvency ratio increases to 230%
    - Operational free cash flow of EUR 530 million
    - Final dividend of EUR 0.11 per common share
</pre>    Statement of Alex Wynaendts, CEO

    Our solid fourth quarter performance, both in terms of sales and earnings, is a result
of the steps we have taken to transform our business. We continue to experience strong
customer demand for our core products and services in each of our markets, reflecting the
strength of our franchise. Furthermore, our disciplined approach to pricing demonstrates
our commitment to selling products that provide value for both our customers and Aegon in
the continuing low interest rate environment.

    During the quarter, we expanded further our distribution network in the United States
and have secured an important new bank partnership in Spain. In addition, we have
reinforced our position in Central & Eastern Europe by increasing our scale in Romania and
entering Ukraine.

    We are also pleased with the balanced agreement we have reached with our largest
shareholder, Vereniging Aegon, to cancel all preferred shares. Following shareholder
approval, this transaction will simplify Aegon's capital structure and enable us to
maintain a high quality capital base under new European solvency requirements, and in a
way that minimizes the impact on common shareholders.

    We have made clear progress in positioning our businesses to compete successfully in
the new environment. Moreover, our continued strong capital position and cash flows
support our proposal to increase our final dividend to EUR 0.11 per share.

    Key performance indicators

    amounts in EUR
    millions b)         Notes Q4 2012  Q3 2012  % Q4 2011  % FY 2012 FY 2011  %
    earnings before
    tax                    1     447    472   (5)    346  29   1,787   1,522  17
    Net income             2     422    374   13      81   -   1,571     872  80
    Sales                  3   1,813  1,550   17   1,409  29   6,725   5,701  18
    Market consistent
    value of new
    business               4     204    173   18      71 187     619     422  47
    Return on equity       5    7.2%   7.7%   (6)   5.2%  38    7.1%    6.7%   6

    - Aegon forms strategic partnership with Banco Santander in Spain; ends JV
      with Unnim
    - Position in Central & Eastern Europe strengthened with acquisitions in Romania
      and Ukraine
</pre>    Aegon's ambition
At Aegon's latest analyst & investor conference in December 2012, management highlighted
the progress underway in delivering on its strategic priorities and detailed actions
underway in Aegon's largest market, the United States, to capture opportunities while
delivering sustainable, profitable growth, consistent with Aegon's strict risk-return
requirements. Aegon's operations in the United States - which now all operate under the
Transamerica brand - are pursuing growth by focusing on the core markets of life and
supplemental health insurance, pensions and at-retirement solutions through product
innovation, expanding distribution and differentiated customer service.

    Aegon's aim to be a leader in all of its chosen markets by 2015 is supported by four
strategic objectives: Optimize portfolio, Enhance customer loyalty, Deliver operational
excellence and Empower employees. These key objectives have been embedded in all Aegon
businesses. They 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.

    Continued economic uncertainty has increased the opportunities for Aegon in pursuing
its clear purpose of helping people take responsibility for their financial future. To
capture these opportunities, Aegon will accelerate the development of new business models
by investing in innovative, technology-driven distribution channels, to connect better and
more frequently with customers, improve service levels and increase retention rates.
Aegon's accelerated investments in technology will also better support intermediaries to
adapt to the changing distribution environment.

    In recent years, Aegon has implemented a broad restructuring program to sharpen its
focus on its core lines of business, significantly reduce its overall cost base, and
create greater efficiencies across the organization. A further demonstration of Aegon's
more disciplined focus has been a better balance between spread-based and fee-generating
business, a substantially improved risk-return profile and an improved capital base ratio.

    Optimize portfolio
Aegon has reached an agreement to exit its life, health and pension joint venture with
Unnim Banc and sell its 50% stake to Unnim for a total consideration of EUR 353 million.
The sale is expected to result in a book gain of approximately EUR 105 million before tax.
It is anticipated that the transaction will close during the second quarter of 2013.
Aegon's share in underlying earnings before tax of the joint venture totaled EUR 20
million in 2012.

    This anticipated divestment by Aegon is a consequence of the consolidation underway
within the Spanish banking sector. However, Aegon maintains a long-term commitment to
Spain and has recently reinforced its market position with an exclusive 25-year strategic
partnership with Banco Santander, Spain's largest financial group, to distribute life and
general insurance products through its extensive network of over 4,600 bank branches. The
long-term alliance provides access to a potential client base of 12 million individuals
across the country. Under the terms of the agreement, Aegon will acquire a 51% stake in
both a life insurance company as well as in a non-life insurance company for a
consideration of EUR 220 million. Depending on the performance of the partnership, Aegon
may pay an additional amount after five years. Furthermore, Aegon Spain will provide the
back-office services to the joint venture companies.

    In Central & Eastern Europe, Aegon recently announced two transactions to further
strengthen its position in this developing region. In December 2012, Aegon acquired Fidem
Life, the fifth largest life insurance company in Ukraine. The transaction was closed on
February 8, 2013. Last month, Aegon announced to take over Eureko's life insurance and
pension business in Romania and to integrate it within Aegon's existing operations.
Following the transaction, Aegon will become the country's third largest pension provider
and a top ten provider of life insurance products. The transaction is expected to close in
the second half of 2013, pending regulatory approval. Aegon has been active in Central &
Eastern Europe since 1992 and now has operations in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Deliver operational excellence
Aegon has made a strong commitment to improving its performance as measured by factors
other than purely financial. Consequently, Aegon has achieved "silver class" status in
RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook. Aegon's silver-class listing is based on its score in
the RobecoSAM's annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment, part of the Dow Jones' 2012
Sustainability Index (DJSI). Companies within the silver class must score within a range
of 1-5 percent from the score of the sector's sustainability leader. Aegon showed
significant improvement in performance, keeping its presence in the DJSI World Index and
has again been included in the more strenuous DJSI Europe Index. The ranking can be
attributed mainly to strong gains in brand management, environmental risk detection,
financial inclusion, human capital development, and talent attraction and retention.

    Aegon continues to make substantial progress in improving efficiency. In the
Netherlands, Aegon is on track to reduce operating expenses by EUR 100 million, compared
to the cost base for 2010. The cost savings aim to offset pressure on underlying earnings.
Up to and including the fourth quarter, Aegon has implemented costs savings of EUR 89

    Enhance customer loyalty
A key element of Aegon's strategy is to get closer to its end-customers by an increased
utilization of technology and investment in innovative capabilities to address customer
needs at every stage of the life cycle. At the heart of this approach is Aegon's
determination to shorten the distance between the company and its customers, provide the
possibility of interaction with greater ease and regularity, and better utilize the
knowledge about customers and their potential needs which the company possesses. Pursuing
innovation and employing technology to a much greater degree are essential to Aegon's
ability to enhance customer loyalty. Aegon further seeks to provide greater clarity and
understanding about the products and services it provides, while working to create a
distinctive customer experience through enhanced service. Increasingly, individuals are
exploring financial services and insurance-related products online and possess greater
knowledge about how certain products and services will address their needs. Aegon has
recently launched online sites to enable customers to actually purchase products via the
internet - or be referred to advisors - in the United States and China. Aegon is also
leveraging digital technology in Turkey to enable intermediaries to have high-quality
customer conversations, and in Hungary, its recently launched mobile application was
designated for a top industry award.

    Putting the customer first is central to Aegon's refreshed strategy and longer-term
ambitions. Management within all business units are fully aligned and incentivized to
create the culture within Aegon that fully demonstrates this shared focus, and to measure
customer satisfaction on a consistent basis.

    Following 'The Changing Face of Retirement' survey, which studied retirement readiness
across Europe and the United States, Aegon has recently released a supplemental report on
aging trends within Japan. The Japanese have traditionally been recognized for their high
savings rates, however this trend has changed since the mid-1990s. Aegon's study has
revealed that the decline in Japan's saving rates has been so stark that household savings
behavior now lags behind other countries surveyed. Although individuals do acknowledge the
importance of planning for retirement, only 2% feel they are saving enough. Aegon, with
its partner Sony Life, provides annuity products in Japan to serve the increasing need for
retirement solutions. During 2012, Aegon Sony Life substantially increased its sales as it
expanded its distribution reach by adding new bank partners and further leveraged on Sony
Life's network of over 4,000 professional agents.

    Financial overview c)
                             Q4    Q3
    EUR millions    Notes  2012  2012     % Q4 2011    % FY 2012 FY 2011     %
    earnings before
    Americas                342   344   (1)     316    8   1,317   1,273     3
    The Netherlands          83    82     1      75   11     315     298     6
    United Kingdom           25    26   (4)    (26)    -     105       5     -
    New markets              52    70  (26)      65 (20)     274     249    10
    Holding and
    other                  (55)  (50)  (10)    (84)   35   (224)   (303)    26
    earnings before
    tax                     447   472   (5)     346   29   1,787   1,522    17
    Fair value
    items                  (79) (126)    37    (20)    -      52   (416)     -
    Realized gains
    / (losses) on
    investments             149   128    16      49    -     407     446   (9)
    charges                (58)  (35)  (66)    (94)   38   (176)   (388)    55
    Other income /
    (charges)               106     3     -   (194)    -   (162)   (267)    39
    businesses             (14)    12     -       1    -       2      28  (93)
    Income before
    tax                     551   454    21      88    -   1,910     925    ##
    Income tax            (129)  (80)  (61)     (7)    -   (339)    (53)     -
    Net income              422   374    13      81    -   1,571     872    80
    Net income /
    Equity holders
    of Aegon N.V.           422   373    13      79    -   1,570     869    81
    interests                 -     1     -       2    -       1       3  (67)
    Net underlying
    earnings                348   369   (6)     253   38   1,382   1,233    12
    Commissions and
    expenses              1,478 1,382     7   1,684 (12)   5,829   6,272   (7)
    of which
    expenses           11   848 798       6     872  (3)   3,241   3,442   (6)
    New life sales
    Life single
    premiums              2,058 1,125    83   1,876   10   5,411   5,864   (8)
    Life recurring
    annualized              471   293    61     311   51   1,414   1,249    13
    Total recurring
    plus 1/10
    single                  677   405    67     498   36   1,955   1,835     7
    New life sales
    Americas           12   148   126    17     109   36     520     418    24
    The Netherlands         166    25     -     117   42     246     254   (3)
    United Kingdom          306   206    49     189   62     936     852    10
    New markets        12    57    48    19      83 (31)     253     311  (19)
    Total recurring
    plus 1/10
    single                  677   405    67     498   36   1,955   1,835     7
    New premium
    accident and
    insurance               196   190     3     188    4     768     645    19
    New premium
    insurance                16    12    33      13   23      55      52     6
    Gross deposits
    (on and off
    Americas           12 6,615 6,391     4   5,009   32  27,042  23,028    17
    The Netherlands         282   275     3     560 (50)   1,484   2,048  (28)
    United Kingdom           15     5   200       9   67      37      56  (34)
    New markets        12 2,334 2,755  (15)   1,522   53  10,909   6,556    66
    Total gross
    deposits              9,246 9,426   (2)   7,100   30  39,472  31,688    25
    Net deposits
    (on and off
    Americas           12   788   904  (13)   (886)    -   3,491   2,147    63
    The Netherlands       (248) (480)    48   (160) (55)   (979)   (334) (193)
    United Kingdom            5   (6)     -       1    -     (3)      18     -
    New markets        12   446 1,208  (63)     108    -   3,637 (2,596)     -
    Total net
    businesses              991 1,626  (39)   (937)    -   6,146   (765)     -
    businesses            (601) (301) (100)   (611)    2 (2,541) (3,139)    19
    Total net
    deposits                390 1,325  (71) (1,548)    -   3,605 (3,904)     -
                                  Dec. 31, Sept. 30,
                                      2012      2012   %
    investments (total)            457,856   463,041  (1)
    Investments general account    146,234   147,955  (1)
    Investments for account of
    policyholders                  153,670   156,831  (2)
    Off balance sheet
    investments third parties      157,952   158,255   -

    Underlying earnings before tax
Aegon's underlying earnings before tax increased 29% to EUR 447 million in the fourth
quarter of 2012. This is the result of business growth, a strong delivery on cost
reduction programs, the non-recurrence of exceptional charges in the United Kingdom and
favorable equity markets and currency movements.

    Underlying earnings from the Americas rose to EUR 342 million. The 8% increase
compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 is mainly due to growth of the business and
favorable currency exchange rates.

    In the Netherlands, underlying earnings increased 11% to EUR 83 million as higher
earnings in Life & Savings more than offset lower earnings in Pensions and Non-life.

    In the United Kingdom, underlying earnings increased to EUR 25 million. This strong
improvement in earnings compared to the same period last year was driven by the
non-recurrence of exceptional charges and the successful implementation of the cost
reduction program. Earnings were negatively impacted by adverse persistency following the
implementation of the Retail Distribution Review and investments in new propositions in
the pension business. It is expected that the effects of adverse persistency will continue
in the first half of 2013.

    Underlying earnings from New Markets decreased 20% to EUR 52 million. Higher earnings
of Aegon Asset Management as a result of strong growth were more than offset by lower
underlying earnings from Asia and Spain. Results in Spain were impacted by the divestment
of the joint venture with Banca Civica and results from Aegon's partnership with CAM are
no longer included pending the exit from this joint venture.

    Total holding costs decreased 35% to EUR 55 million. This is mainly the result of
Aegon's Corporate Center expenses being charged, in part, to operating units as of the
first quarter of 2012. These charges reflect the services and support provided to
operating units by the Corporate Center and amounted to amounted to EUR 16 million in the
fourth quarter of 2012. In addition, lower operating expenses also contributed to the

    Net income
Net income increased to EUR 422 million driven by higher underlying earnings, realized
gains on investments and book gains on divestments, and lower impairments. These were only
partly offset by lower results on fair value items and higher tax charges.

    Fair value items
The results from fair value items amounted to a loss of EUR 79 million. The loss was
mainly driven by the holding company, which included the impact of lower credit spreads on
the valuation of Aegon bonds and the negative effect on the fair value of swaps, as a
result of unfavorable interest rates movements.

    Realized gains on investments
In the fourth quarter, realized gains on investments amounted to EUR 149 million and were
the combined effect of trading as a result of asset liability management and normal
activity in the investment portfolio in a low interest rate environment.

    Impairment charges
Impairments improved significantly compared to last year and amounted to EUR 58 million.
In the Americas, impairments were primarily linked to one large mortgage loan in the
United States, while in New Markets impairments were largely related to mortgage loans in

    Other income
Other income amounted to EUR 106 million. Book gains on both the sale of Aegon's minority
stake in Prisma Capital Partners (EUR 100 million) and the divestment of its 50% stake in
a joint venture with Banca Civica (EUR 35 million) were partly offset by a BOLI wrap
charge in the United States (EUR 26 million).

    Run-off businesses
The results of run-off businesses amounted to a loss of EUR 14 million, which was
primarily due to the reinsurance business. Aegon divested its life reinsurance business
during 2011 through a reinsurance transaction and carries an intangible asset as a result.
Increased transfers of clients from Aegon to Scor resulted in an acceleration of the
amortization of the intangible asset during the quarter (EUR 18 million).

    Income tax
Income tax amounted to EUR 129 million in the fourth quarter, translating into an
effective tax rate of 23%. The main drivers of the lower than nominal tax rate were tax
exempt income in the Americas and the Netherlands, tax credits in the Americas and Central
& Eastern Europe and the benefit of a future tax rate decrease in the United Kingdom.

    Return on equity
The increase in return on equity to 7.2% for the fourth quarter of 2012, was driven by the
positive effect of growth in net underlying earnings partly offset by higher shareholders'
equity excluding revaluation reserves. Return on equity for Aegon's ongoing businesses,
excluding the run-off businesses, amounted to 8.0% over the same period.

    Operating expenses
In the fourth quarter, operating expenses decreased 3% to EUR 848 million mainly as a
result of significant cost savings in the United Kingdom. On a comparable basis, total
operating expenses also decreased 3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

Aegon's total sales increased substantially to EUR 1.8 billion. New life sales grew
strongly in many markets, most notably in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom where
higher pension production was driven by a strong market proposition and the introduction
of the Retail Distribution Review respectively. In the Americas, the main drivers behind
the increase were continued successful sales of indexed universal life products and the
discontinuance of certain unprofitable universal life products which resulted in higher
activity. Gross deposits remained strong for the variable annuity, retail mutual fund,
retirement plan and asset management businesses.

    Market consistent value of new business
The market consistent value of new business increased to EUR 204 million as a result of a
combination of higher volumes, product repricing in the United States, a higher
contribution from mortgage and pension production in the Netherlands and improved margins
in Central & Eastern Europe and Asia.

    Revenue-generating investments
Revenue-generating investments declined 1% compared to the third quarter-end of 2012 to
EUR 458 billion at December 31, 2012 as net inflows were more than offset by the effect of
adverse currency movements.

    Capital management
Aegon's core capital excluding revaluation reserves amounted to EUR 18.6 billion,
equivalent to 76.7%6 of the company's total capital base at December 31, 2012. This is
well-above the company's capital base ratio target of at least 75% by the end of 2012 as
agreed with the European Commission.

    Shareholders' equity increased to EUR 24.7 billion, mainly as a result of fourth
quarters' net income. The revaluation reserves increased slightly during the fourth
quarter to EUR 6.1 billion, mainly a reflection of lower credit spreads partly offset by
slightly higher interest rates. Shareholders' equity per common share, excluding
preference capital and revaluation reserves, amounted to EUR 8.47 at December 31, 2012.

    In the fourth quarter, excess capital in the holding increased to EUR 2.0 billion as
dividends received from business units were partly offset by interest payments and
operational expenses. During 2012, Aegon aimed to maintain excess capital at the holding
of at least EUR 750 million.

    At December 31, 2012, Aegon's Insurance Group Directive (IGD) ratio amounted to 230%,
an increase from the level of 222% at the end of the third quarter. Measured on a local
solvency basis, the Risk Based Capital (RBC) ratio in the United States increased to
~495%. This was mainly the result of strong net income in the quarter partly offset by
dividends paid to the holding company. The IGD ratio in the Netherlands remained stable at
~250%, while the Pillar I ratio in the United Kingdom increased to ~140% at the end of the
fourth quarter of 2012.

    Cash flows
Operational free cash flows amounted to EUR 530 million. Excluding negative market impacts
of EUR 89 million, the operational free cash flows amounted to EUR 619 million. Market
impacts related mainly to interest rate movements. Operational free cash flows excluding
market impacts were particularly strong during the quarter, primarily the effect of
reserve releases and proceeds from divestments. Operational free cash flows represent the
distributable earnings generated by the business units.

    Final dividend 2012

    At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on May 15, 2013, the Supervisory Board
will, absent unforeseen circumstances, propose a final dividend for 2012 of EUR 0.11 per
common share. The final dividend will be paid in cash or stocks at the election of the
shareholder. The value of the stock dividend will be approximately equal to the cash

    If the proposed dividend is approved by shareholders, Aegon shares will be quoted
ex-dividend on May 17, 2013. The record date for the dividend will be May 21, 2013. The
election period will run from May 23 up to and including June 7, 2013. The stock fraction
for the stock dividend will be based on the average price for the Aegon share on the
Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange for the five trading days from June 3 through June 7,
2013. The dividend will be payable as of June 14, 2013.

    Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

    The record date for attending and voting at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
of Aegon N.V. is April 17, 2013. The agenda for this meeting will be published on April 3,


    The Hague, February 15, 2013

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</pre>    Presentations

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    Aegon's Q4 2012 Financial Supplement and Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial
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    Cautionary note regarding non-GAAP measures

    This document includes certain non-GAAP financial measures: underlying earnings before
tax and market consistent value of new business. The reconciliation of underlying earnings
before tax 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 these non-GAAP measures, together with the IFRS
information, provide meaningful supplemental information that Aegon's management uses to
run its business as well as useful information for the investment community to evaluate
Aegon's business relative to the businesses of its peers.

    Local currencies and constant currency exchange rates

    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
a substitute for or superior to financial information about Aegon presented in EUR, which
is the currency of Aegon's primary financial statements.

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statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements, which merely reflect company expectations at the time of writing. Actual
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 holds;
    - 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 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 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.

    About Aegon
As an international insurance, pensions and asset management company based in The Hague,
Aegon has businesses in over twenty markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Aegon
companies employ approximately 24,000 people and have millions of customers across the
globe. Further information:

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