Aegon Responds to Inaccurate Information

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, February 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

In response to inaccurate information in the market, Aegon would like to clarify its capital position in the United States. The company manages its US capital position under multiple frameworks, of which the NAIC risk-based capital (RBC) framework is considered the most important one. The estimated RBC ratio amounted to 440% at year-end 2016, at the high-end of its 350-450% target range.
In addition, management hereby confirms that its current Standard & Poor's capital position - contrary to certain information in the market - is well above the Standard & Poor's 'AA' level at year-end 2016. The latest press release by Standard & Poor's can be found here [ ] , or refer to
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Aegon's roots go back more than 170 years - to the first half of the nineteenth century. Since then, Aegon has grown into an international company, with businesses in more than 20 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 achieve a lifetime of financial security. More information on [ ].    
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Forward-looking statements 
The statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following are words that identify such forward-looking statements: aim, believe, estimate, target, intend, may, expect, anticipate, predict, project, counting on, plan, continue, want, forecast, goal, should, would, is confident, will, and similar expressions as they relate to Aegon. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Aegon undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking 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
- 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;
- Consequences of the anticipated exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union;
- 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, taxation of Aegon companies, the products
Aegon sells, and the attractiveness of certain products to its consumers;
- Regulatory changes relating to the pensions, investment, and insurance industries in
the jurisdictions in which Aegon operates;
- Standard setting initiatives of supranational standard setting bodies such as the
Financial Stability Board and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors
or changes to such standards that may have an impact on regional (such as EU),
national or US federal or state level financial regulation or the application thereof
to Aegon, including the designation of Aegon by the Financial Stability Board as a
Global Systemically Important Insurer (G-SII);
- Changes in customer behavior and public opinion in general related to, among other
things, the type of products 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, which may affect Aegon's reported
results and shareholders' equity;
- Aegon's projected results are highly sensitive to complex mathematical models of
financial markets, mortality, longevity, and other dynamic systems subject to shocks
and unpredictable volatility. Should assumptions to these models later prove incorrect,
or should errors in those models escape the controls in place to detect them, future
performance will vary from projected results;
- 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;
- 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; and
- This press release contains information that qualifies, or may qualify, as inside
information within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the EU Market Abuse Regulation.

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.

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