Operational Update for the Three Month Period Ended 31 March 2019
Liberty Holdings Limited
Registration number 1968/002095/06
Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa
Share code: LBH
ISIN code: ZAE0000127148
("Liberty Holdings" or "the Group")
LIBERTY HOLDINGS LIMITED
OPERATIONAL UPDATE FOR THE THREE MONTH PERIOD ENDED 31 MARCH 2019
The operational improvements delivered in 2018 through the focus on key strategic priorities have
continued to benefit the business in the first quarter of 2019, notwithstanding the challenging socio-
economic environment in South Africa. An update on progress will be provided during the 2019 half
year results announcement.
The SA Retail new business volumes remained under pressure, while the Liberty Corporate and
Liberty Africa Insurance businesses have seen an improvement in new business inflows. Intense
focus on addressing the mix of new business volumes and margin across all business lines is
continuing, together with strict discipline in managing the expense base.
Improved STANLIB South Africa investment performance has continued to support increased external
third party client cash inflows.
Favourable financial market conditions during the period contributed positively to returns from the
shareholder investment portfolio.
The Group remains well capitalised. The Solvency Capital Requirement cover of Liberty Group
Limited, the Group’s main long-term insurance licence, remained at a level similar to
31 December 2018, at the upper end of the target range of 1.5 to 2.0 times at 31 March 2019.
South African Insurance Operations
Indexed new business sales of R1 517 million were 1% above the three months to 31 March 2018
(the comparative period). Recurring premium new business sales were 4% above the comparative
period, with a decrease in single premium new business.
Net customer cash outflows of R252 million were below the comparative period inflows of
R514 million due to lower single premium new business.
Liberty Corporate indexed new business of R209 million was 22% above the first quarter of 2018, with
recurring premiums new business up 23% due to group risk business sales. Single premium new
business was up 12% on the comparative period. Net cash outflows reduced to R173 million
compared to R278 million in the comparative period due mainly to increased single premium umbrella
sales and lower umbrella scheme member withdrawals.
South African Asset Management
STANLIB South Africa
In the STANLIB South Africa business, assets under management amounted to R576 billion
compared to R549 billion at 31 December 2018. Net external third party client cash inflows increased
to R7.8 billion from R2.5 billion in the comparative period, supported by increased flows from retail
and institutional clients. Non-money market net cash inflows grew to R3.7 billion from R1.5 billion in
the comparative period and money market net cash inflows increased to R4.1 billion from R1.0 billion.
Intragroup cash inflows for the period amounted to R2.6 billion.
Liberty Africa Insurance
Indexed new business increased to R101 million from R62 million in the comparative period, reflecting
new business growth with a shift in mix towards more recurring premium business.
Assets under management in the STANLIB Africa business amounted to R51 billion, unchanged from
31 December 2018, with net external third party client cash outflows of R0.8 billion, reflecting a
reduction compared to outflows of R6.6 billion in the first quarter of 2018. The comparative period
included the loss of a large mandate in the Southern African region.
We expect the South African economic environment to remain subdued for most of 2019, however we
remain confident that our focus is on the right areas of the business to create value for all
This operational update for the three month period ended 31 March 2019 has not been audited or
reviewed by the Group's auditors.
Sharon Steyn 011 408 3063
17 May 2019
Merrill Lynch South Africa (Pty) Limited
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