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General Accident PLC

12 August 2021

INFORMATION FOR GENERAL ACCIDENT PLC PREFERENCE SHAREHOLDERS

GENERAL ACCIDENT PLC

Unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2021

These results are published for the benefit of preference shareholders of General Accident plc (the Company) for the six months ended 30 June 2021. The preference shares have remained listed on the London Stock Exchange following the merger of the Company with Commercial Union plc, in June 1998 to form CGU plc (CGU), and the subsequent merger of CGU with Norwich Union plc in May 2000 to form Aviva plc (formerly CGNU plc).

The Company transferred its interest in its subsidiaries to its parent company, Aviva plc in 2005, in return for an inter-company loan with Aviva plc. The income of the Company for the six months to 30 June 2021 consists of interest received on this loan.

The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Company for the remainder of the year are:

- Credit risk : the net asset value of the Company's financial resources is exposed to the potential default on the loans and short-term receivables due from its parent, Aviva plc. The external issuer credit rating (representing an issuer's ability to meet its overall financial commitments as they fall due) is A.

- Interest rate risk: From January 2021, the loan the Company holds with Aviva plc was set at a fixed rate of 0.695% for 5 years. This will result in the loan bearing sufficient annual interest to cover the preference share dividends each year. As the loan rate is no longer exposed to interest rate fluctuations, the Company is no longer exposed to interest rate risk.

- COVID-19: The Company continues to maintain a positive net asset value and since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 the Company has remained operational.

The Company is part of the Aviva plc group (Group) and Aviva plc owns 100% of the Company's ordinary issued share capital.

 
 
 Condensed income statement                    Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                 results       results 
                                             6 months to   6 months to 
                                                 30 June       30 June 
                                                    2021          2020 
                                                    GBPm          GBPm 
 
 Investment income                                    33            75 
------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 Total income                                         33            75 
 
 
 Profit on ordinary activities before tax             33            75 
 Tax on profit on ordinary activities*                 -             - 
------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Profit for the period                                33            75 
------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Basic earnings per share (pence)                    0.1           0.3 
------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 

* Tax on investment income is GBPnil due to losses surrendered by a fellow Group company at no charge to cover any tax liabilities arising on the Company's profits.

 
 Condensed statement of financial position 
                                                   Unaudited       Audited 
                                                     30 June   31 December 
                                                        2021          2020 
                                                        GBPm          GBPm 
 
 Total assets                                         13,954        13,932 
----------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 
 Equity attributable to ordinary shareholders         13,704        13,682 
 Preference share capital                                250           250 
 
 Total equity                                         13,954        13,932 
 
 
 Liabilities                                               -             - 
----------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 Total equity and liabilities                         13,954        13,932 
----------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 
 Condensed statement of changes in equity          Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                                     results       results 
                                                 6 months to   6 months to 
                                                     30 June       30 June 
                                                        2021          2020 
                                                        GBPm          GBPm 
 
 Total equity at 1 January                            13,932        13,934 
 
 Profit for the period                                    33            75 
 
   Total comprehensive income for the period              33            75 
 
 Dividends                                              (11)          (11) 
 
 Total equity at 30 June                              13,954        13,998 
----------------------------------------------  ------------  ------------ 
 
 
 
 Condensed statement of cash flows           Unaudited     Unaudited 
                                               results       results 
                                              6 months   6 months to 
                                                    to 
                                               30 June       30 June 
                                                  2021          2020 
                                                  GBPm          GBPm 
 
 Cash flows from financing activities                -             - 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Net cash from financing activities                  -             - 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Total net increase/(decrease) in cash and           -             - 
  cash equivalents 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 1 January              -             - 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 Cash and cash equivalents at 30 June(1)             -             - 
------------------------------------------  ----------  ------------ 
 
 

(1) The closing balance as at 30 June 2021 is GBP65 (2020: GBP598). The majority of the Company's cash requirements are met by Aviva plc.

Basis of preparation

The results for the six months to 30 June 2021 have been prepared on the basis of the accounting policies set out in the Company's 2020 Annual Report and Accounts. The interim accounts do not constitute statutory accounts as defined by section 434 of the Companies Act 2006. The auditor has reported on the 2020 accounts and the report was unqualified and did not contain a statement under section 498(2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006. The Company's 2020 Report and Accounts have been filed with the Registrar of Companies.

During the period, there have been no changes in the nature of related party transactions from those described in the Company's 2020 accounts.

The results for the six months are unaudited.

The unaudited results of Aviva plc for the six months ended 30 June 2021 are available on application to the Group Company Secretary, Aviva plc, St. Helen's, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ. A copy can also be found on the Aviva plc website at www.aviva.com .

Going concern

A going concern review has been undertaken as part of the 2021 interim reporting process. After making enquires, the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Group has adequate resources to continue in operational existence over a period of at least twelve months from the date of approval of the interim accounts. For this reason, the Company continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the interim accounts.

Responsibility statement

The directors confirm that these condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as adopted by the European Union and as issued by the IASB and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

(a) An indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the condensed set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

(b) Material related party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related party transactions described in the last annual report.

   K A Cooper                           A Montague                                        J Windsor 

Director Director Director

Enquiries:

Jakub Rosochowski, Investor Relations Director, Aviva plc

jakub.rosochowski@aviva.com

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