THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, December 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Aegon and La Banque Postale have entered into exclusive talks to form a strategic asset management partnership in France. The distribution strength of La Banque Postale combined with Aegon Asset Management's broad and international investment capabilities will serve the investment needs of both La Banque Postale's 11 million retail clients and its growing institutional client base.
The opportunity to create a strategic partnership with La Banque Postale supports Aegon's strategy to grow and diversify its customer base and to provide fee-based, capital-light products. It also represents a significant step in implementing Aegon Asset Management's strategy to expand its services and solutions for third-party customers internationally.
The two companies will work together to further strengthen the development of La Banque Postale Asset Management, which will offer a comprehensive range of products - including international equity and multi-asset investment products. These products will be distributed through La Banque Postale's network of approximately 17,000 points of sale, online and by its institutional sales team. The partnership will materialize through a 25% stake in La Banque Postale Asset Management held by Aegon Asset Management.
Aegon and La Banque Postale expect to conclude negotiations in the first quarter of 2015.
About La Banque Postale
La Banque Postale, a subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste, operates in retail banking, insurance and asset management. As a civic-minded bank, it supports its customers as part of a sustainable banking relationship, with a full range of accessible and high-quality products and services. As a local and public service bank, La Banque Postale meets the needs of a wide range of customers, from retail and companies to professionals and the local public sector. Different customer needs are met by providing services through the national network of post offices, by telephone and online.
About Aegon Asset Management
Aegon Asset Management is a global, active investment manager. Aegon Asset Management uses its investment management expertise to help its clients manage their financial future, with a focus on excellence, trust and partnership. Investors worldwide entrust Aegon Asset Management to manage approximately EUR 290 billion on their behalf. Positioned for success in its chosen markets - Europe, North America and Asia - Aegon Asset Management's specialist teams provide high-quality investment solutions across asset classes.
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- 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 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 maintain;
- 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 and excess capital and leverage ratio management initiatives.
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.
Aegon's roots go back 170 years - to the first half of the nineteenth century. Since then, Aegon has grown into an international company, with businesses in more than 25 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Today, Aegon is one of the world's leading financial services organizations, providing life insurance, pensions and asset management. Aegon's purpose is to help people take responsibility for their financial future. More information: aegon.com.
SOURCE Aegon N.V.