As NN Group announced on 6 August 2020, its shareholders were given the option to receive the interim dividend for 2020 of EUR 2.26 per ordinary share, comprising the amount of the suspended 2019 final dividend plus the regular 2020 interim dividend, either in cash or in ordinary shares.
Shareholders who have elected to receive the interim dividend in shares will receive one NN Group N.V. ordinary share for every 13.73 ordinary shares held. The stock fraction is based on the volume-weighted average price of EUR 31.0214 for NN Group shares on Euronext Amsterdam for the five trading days from 20 August 2020 up to and including 26 August 2020. Any remaining stock fractions will be paid in cash. The stock and cash dividend are approximately equal in value. For shareholders that did not make a choice during the election period, the dividend will be paid in cash.
Shareholders representing approximately 44.1% of the outstanding number of shares have elected to receive the interim dividend in ordinary shares. Consequently, 10,011,647 new ordinary shares will be issued as stock dividend.
NN Group will neutralise the dilutive effect of the stock dividend through the repurchase of ordinary shares for a total amount of EUR 310 million, equivalent to the value of the stock dividend. These share buybacks will be executed by financial intermediaries under a share buyback programme which will commence on 27 August 2020 and is expected to end no later than 13 November 2020. The shares will be repurchased at a price that does not exceed the last independent trade or the highest current independent bid on the relevant trading platform. The share buyback programme will be executed within the limitations of the existing authority granted by the General Meeting on 28 May 2020, and will be performed in compliance with the safe harbour provisions for share buybacks. NN Group intends to cancel any repurchased NN Group shares under the programme unless used to cover obligations under share-based remuneration arrangements or to deliver stock dividend.
This programme is in addition to the existing share buyback programme of EUR 250 million that was announced on 13 February 2020. NN Group reports on the progress of the share buyback programmes on its corporate website on a weekly basis: Share buyback programme.
Payment of the dividend in cash and settlement of fractions in cash, after deduction of statutory withholding tax if applicable, and the transfer of the new ordinary shares will take place on 2 September 2020. For further information: Dividend policy and dividend history
NN Group is an international financial services company, active in 20 countries, with a strong presence in a number of European countries and Japan. With all its employees, the Group provides retirement services, pensions, insurance, investments and banking to approximately 18 million customers. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, NN, NN Investment Partners, ABN AMRO Insurance, Movir, AZL, BeFrank and OHRA. NN Group is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (NN).
All figures in this document are unaudited. Small differences are possible in the tables due to rounding. Certain of the statements contained herein are not historical facts, including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results, performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular economic conditions in NN Group’s core markets, (2) the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and related response measures, including lockdowns and travel restrictions, on economic conditions in countries in which NN Group operates, on NN Group’s business and operations and on NN Group’s employees, customers and counterparties (3) changes in performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (4) consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro or European Union countries leaving the European Union, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with, sources of liquidity as well as conditions in the credit markets generally, (6) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, (7) changes affecting mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (8) changes affecting persistency levels, (9) changes affecting interest rate levels, (10) changes affecting currency exchange rates, (11) changes in investor, customer and policyholder behaviour, (12) changes in general competitive factors, (13) changes in laws and regulations and the interpretation and application thereof, (14) changes in the policies and actions of governments and/or regulatory authorities, (15) conclusions with regard to accounting assumptions and methodologies, (16) changes in ownership that could affect the future availability to NN Group of net operating loss, net capital and built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit and financial strength ratings, (18) NN Group’s ability to achieve projected operational synergies, (19) catastrophes and terrorist-related events, (20) adverse developments in legal and other proceedings and (21) the other risks and uncertainties contained in recent public disclosures made by NN Group. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of NN Group speak only as of the date they are made, and, NN Group assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or for any other reason. This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.