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Aegon to divest its businesses in Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Aegon has agreed to sell its businesses in Czech Republic and
Slovakia for EUR 155 million to NN Group. The transaction is consistent
with Aegon's strategic objective to optimize its portfolio and capital
allocation across its businesses.

"This divestment is a further step in rationalizing our geographical
footprint and focusing our resources on our key markets", said Alex
Wynaendts, CEO of Aegon. "The transaction guarantees continued customer
service, offers new opportunities for employees, and is in the best
interest of our shareholders".

The businesses in Czech Republic and Slovakia predominantly provide
unit-linked products in addition to offering term life products and a
wide range of riders, as well as pension services in Slovakia. In 2017,
underlying earnings before tax of the combined operations amounted to
EUR 16 million.

The proceeds from the divestment will be upstreamed to the group. As a
result of the transaction, Aegon's group solvency ratio is estimated to
improve by approximately 1%-point. Based on the book value as of
December 31, 2017 and taking into account dividends paid in 2018, the
book gain is expected to amount to approximately EUR 80 million and will
be reported in Other income.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is
expected to close early 2019. This transaction will have no material
impact on Aegon's other operations in Central & Eastern Europe.

About Aegon

Aegon's roots go back almost 200 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 aegon.com/about.

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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 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 public sector
      securities and the resulting decline in the value of government
      exposure that Aegon holds;
  • Changes in the performance of Aegon's investment portfolio and decline
    in ratings of Aegon's counterparties;
  • Consequences of an actual or potential break-up of the European
    monetary union in whole or in part;
  • Consequences of the anticipated exit of the United Kingdom from the
    European Union and potential consequences of other European Union
    countries leaving 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 or both;
  • As Aegon's operations support complex transactions and are highly
    dependent on the proper functioning of information technology,
    operational risks such as system disruptions or failures, security or
    data privacy breaches, cyberattacks, human error, failure to safeguard
    personally identifiable information, changes in operational practices
    or inadequate controls including with respect to third parties with
    which we do business 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, shareholders' equity or
    regulatory capital adequacy levels;
  • 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; and
  • Aegon's failure to achieve anticipated levels of earnings or
    operational efficiencies as well as other cost saving and excess cash
    and leverage ratio management initiatives.

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 (596/2014). 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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