Company Announcements

Pension funding update

Source: RNS
RNS Number : 5307D
20 February 2020

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF REGULATION (EU) NO 596/2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                           20 February 2020

                                                BAE Systems plc - Pension funding update


In October 2019, six of the Group's nine UK pension schemes (including the two largest schemes) were consolidated into a single scheme.

Following that consolidation, the Company agreed with the new Trustee Board to bring forward the funding valuation of the combined scheme to 31st October 2019 from the previously scheduled date of 31st March 2020.


BAE Systems plc today announces that, after consultation with The Pensions Regulator in the UK, it has reached agreement with the Trustee Board of the combined scheme on the accelerated funding valuation and revised deficit recovery plan.

At the 31st October 2019 funding valuation date, the deficit was £1.9bn.

The current deficit recovery plan which runs to 2026 will be replaced by a new deficit recovery plan.

Under that revised plan:

·    A one off payment of £1bn is to be made in the coming months - this will be debt funded.

·    In addition, c.£240m of funding is payable in the scheme year ending 31 March 2020 and c.£250m by 31 March 2021, in line with existing commitments.

For completeness:

·    The three smaller UK defined benefit schemes will conduct their triennial review on 31st March 2020, currently these schemes are in a surplus.

·    Deficit contributions into the Group's US schemes are expected to be $80m in 2020 and $40m pa for five years thereafter.


For further information please contact:


Media Relations

Martin Cooper,

Investor Relations Director

Telephone: +44 (0)1252 383455


Kristina Anderson,

Director, Media Relations

Telephone: +44 (0) 7540 628673




Issued by:

Martin Cooper - Investor Relations Director
BAE Systems plc


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