THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, September 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
AEGON's business in The Netherlands is bringing forward plans to make the company more agile and better positioned to respond to changing conditions and opportunities in the Dutch market. The restructuring program announced today will affect approximately 300 positions.
The restructuring of AEGON's Dutch business is an acceleration of previously announced strategic plans. "The world around us is changing rapidly," said Marco Keim, a member of the Management Board and CEO of AEGON The Netherlands. "To effectively respond to these developments, AEGON in the Netherlands must simplify its operations and become a more efficient organization, better able to capture the opportunities arising from changes in the market. Unfortunately, this means that we will need to downsize our workforce."
The reorganization will inevitably entail forced redundancies. Employees affected will be supported by AEGON according to agreements with the relevant trade unions in the Netherlands.
The costs of the reorganization will total approximately EUR 60 million and are expected to be accounted for before the end of this year. The reorganization program and other initiatives will result in reducing the cost base for AEGON The Netherlands by EUR 100 million, compared to the cost base for 2010. Most of the cost savings is expected to be achieved in 2012.
As required by Dutch law, the restructuring plans have been submitted to the Central Works' Council for its formal advice, which is expected before the end of the year.
As an international life insurance, pension 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 26,500 people and have some 40 million customers across the globe.
Full year Key figures - EUR Q2 2011 2010 Underlying earnings before tax 401 million 1.8 billion New life sales 431 million 2.1 billion Gross deposits 6.7 billion 33 billion Revenue-generating investments (end of period) 391 billion 413 billion
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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 our fixed income investment portfolios; and
- 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 we hold;
- The frequency and severity of insured loss events;
- Changes affecting mortality, morbidity, persistence and other factors that may impact the profitability of our insurance products;
- 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;
- Increasing levels of competition in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and emerging markets;
- Changes in laws and regulations, particularly those affecting our operations, the products we sell, and the attractiveness of certain products to our consumers;
- Regulatory changes relating to the insurance industry in the jurisdictions in which we operate;
- 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 our debt ratings issued by recognized rating organizations and the adverse impact such action may have on our ability to raise capital and on our liquidity and financial condition;
- Lowering of one or more of insurer financial strength ratings of our insurance subsidiaries and the adverse impact such action may have on the premium writings, policy retention, profitability of its insurance subsidiaries and liquidity;
- The effect of the European Union's Solvency II requirements and other regulations in other jurisdictions affecting the capital we are required to maintain;
- Litigation or regulatory action that could require us to pay significant damages or change the way we do business;
- Customer responsiveness to both new products and distribution channels;
- Competitive, legal, regulatory, or tax changes that affect the distribution cost of or demand for our products;
- The impact of acquisitions and divestitures, restructurings, product withdrawals and other unusual items, including our ability to integrate acquisitions and to obtain the anticipated results and synergies from acquisitions;
- Our failure to achieve anticipated levels of earnings or operational efficiencies as well as other cost saving initiatives.
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