NN Group today published its 2016 Annual Report, an integrated review of the company’s performance, consisting of the Annual Review and the Financial Report. The Annual Review covers NN Group’s dynamic operating environment and key material trends, how we create value, our business performance, our strategy, our financial and non-financial objectives and achievements related to the social, environmental and governance aspects of our business, and the statement of Lard Friese, CEO of NN Group. The Financial Report covers NN Group’s financial developments and annual accounts, the report of the Supervisory Board and our approach to risk management, capital management and corporate governance.
Lard Friese, CEO of NN Group: ‘2016 was an eventful and important year for NN Group. It was a year in which considerable progress was made in building a sustainable business for the future. In April, ING sold its remaining shares in NN Group, completing its divestment of our company. We invested in change and innovation, with the goal of improving our customer experience, lowering our costs and shaping our business for the long term. Our financial performance over 2016 shows the resilience of our businesses in an environment which continues to be characterised by low interest rates and market volatility. Most businesses made steady progress in delivering on their strategic targets. For the full year, NN Group delivered a healthy operating result ongoing business of EUR 1,227 million and a good net result of EUR 1,189 million. Robust Solvency II and cash capital positions were maintained – at 241% and EUR 2,489 million respectively. These results allow us to propose a final 2016 dividend of EUR 0.95 per ordinary share at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 1 June 2017. Together with the interim dividend paid in September 2016, this brings the total 2016 dividend to EUR 1.55 per share, and represents a pay-out ratio of around 51% of the 2016 full year net operating result of the ongoing business.
Our financial strength also enabled us to take an important step in bringing consolidation in the Dutch insurance and asset management markets while strengthening our leading position in the Netherlands and Belgium. On 23 December 2016, we announced that we reached an agreement with the Boards of Delta Lloyd on a recommended public offer on all outstanding ordinary shares of Delta Lloyd, with the aim to combine Delta Lloyd with the Dutch and Belgian activities of NN Group. The offer period during which Delta Lloyd shareholders may tender their shares will expire on 7 April 2017, unless it is extended.
The foundation for the future of NN Group is solid. We will continue to focus on delivering a robust performance as an international group, with a diverse and values driven business culture aimed at long term value creation. We keep investing in becoming more efficient, agile, and innovative to optimally respond to the fast paced environments in which we operate. And we will continue our corporate citizenship efforts in the areas where we believe we can have most impact: improving people’s financial wellbeing and responsible investing. Our ambition going forward remains unchanged: we aim to deliver an excellent customer experience, so we can be a company customers can count on and employees can be proud of - a company that truly matters in the lives of our stakeholders.’
NN Group’s annual report is available for download at www.nn-group.com/annual-report. Other documents related to NN Group's AGM, including the agenda, will be available from 20 April 2017 at www.nn-group.com.