Admiral Group PLC: Announcement re offer of subordinated notes and trading update

  Admiral Group PLC: Announcement re offer of subordinated notes and trading
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Admiral Group plc announces intention to offer subordinated notes
Today Admiral announces that, following meetings with fixed income investors
in the UK beginning 15 July, it intends to offer up to £200 million of ten
year, tier two, subordinated notes.

Comment from Henry Engelhardt, CEO Admiral Group
"I'm pleased to announce our first bond issue. Since Admiral went public in
2004 we have been unleveraged, but we think that with a favourable market and
rates that seem very reasonable, now is a good time to diversify our capital
base.

"It is an opportune time to strengthen and diversify our capital resources as
we make a prudent transition into Solvency II in 2016, with the attendant
regulatory capital requirement and buffers. The additional capital also sets
us up well for the growth we expect from all our businesses in the coming
years whilst being consistent with our existing dividend policy."

Admiral Group plc trading update for the six-month period ended 30 June 2014
The Group is today issuing a trading update for the six-month period ended 30
June 2014 ahead of reporting its half-year results on Wednesday 13 August
2014. Unless otherwise stated, figures quoted are for the six months ended 30
June 2014, with comparatives reflecting the position against the same period
in 2013.

  oGroup customers increased to 3.9 million (H1 2013: 3.6 million)
  oGroup turnover decreased to £1.0 billion (H1 2013: £1.1 billion)
  oUK car insurance vehicle count increased to 3.1 million (H1 2013: 3.0
    million)
  oUK car insurance turnover decreased to £0.85 billion (H1 2013: £0.92
    billion)
  oInternational car insurance vehicle count increased to 0.6 million (H1
    2013: 0.5 million)
  oInternational car insurance turnover £0.1 billion (H1 2013: £0.1 billion)

Comment from Henry Engelhardt, CEO Admiral Group
"In the UK there are some signs that premiums are no longer falling but we
have yet to see firm evidence of an inflection point and a return to premium
growth. Admiral's rates have been pretty flat over the first half of the
year, though as a result of the reductions in 2013, total premiums are down
around 9% compared to the first half of last year. Thanks to positive
improvements in retention levels, our UK customer numbers have increased by
over 4%.

"UK claims development on the back years (2012 and prior) has been positive
and we continue to forecast good levels of reserve releases. Our expectations
for our UK business in 2014 therefore remain unchanged. However, as we've
said previously, our margin expectations for business earned this year are
lower than in recent years, in the main as a consequence of the decline in
premiums. Much of the impact of the reduced margin will be reflected in
earnings of subsequent years.

"Outside the UK, our international insurance operations continue to grow and
make positive progress. Our European price comparison businesses have had a
good, profitable first half of the year and we're encouraged by the very early
indicators from comparenow.com in the US, which would suggest meriting an
increase in marketing investment in the second half.

"Our first half results are announced on Wednesday 13^th August and we look
forward to providing further details at that time."

Notice of results
Admiral Group plc will announce its interim results for the six months to 30
June 2014 at 7.00am on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

Following this, at 9.00am, the Group will host an analyst presentation to
discuss the results. The presentation will be held at UBS, 1 Finsbury Avenue,
London, EC2M 2PP.

Those analysts wishing to attend are asked to contact Tom Blackwell at FTI
Consulting on +44 20 7269 7222 or at tom.blackwell@fticonsulting.com.

The presentation will be accessible via a webcast and conference call for
those unable to attend in person, details of which will be provided on the
Admiral Group plc website at www.admiralgroup.co.uk.

For further information, please contact:
Admiral
Louise O'Shea +44 (0) 2920 434 384
James Carnduff  +44 (0) 2920 434 232

FTI Consulting
Paul Marriott +44 (0) 203 727 1341
Ed Berry +44 (0) 203 727 1046

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Source: Admiral Group PLC via Globenewswire
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