Annual Financial ReportSource: RNS
Legal & general group plc
ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
Further to the release of the Company's Preliminary Results announcement on 10 March 2021, the Company announces that it has today published its Annual Report & Accounts 2020 (or 'Annual Financial Report'). The Annual Financial Report is now available on the Company's website at https://www.legalandgeneralgroup.com/investors/results-reports-and-presentations/ alongside the Full Year Results announcement which can be found at
In accordance with paragraph 9.6.1 of the FCA Listing Rules, a copy of the Annual Financial Report has been submitted to the National Storage Mechanism and will shortly be available for inspection at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism.
The Company's Notice of Annual General Meeting 2021 and ancillary documents, together with hard copies of the Annual Report & Accounts 2020 will be made available to shareholders on 16 April 2021.
A condensed set of the Company's financial statements, information on important events that have occurred during the financial year and their impact on the financial statements and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties were included in the Preliminary Results announcement released on 10 March 2021. That information, together with the information set out below, which is extracted from the Annual Report and Accounts 2020, is provided in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rule 6.3.5. This information should be read in conjunction with the Company's Preliminary Results announcement. This announcement is not a substitute for reading the full Annual Report and Accounts 2020. Page, notes and section references below refer to the corresponding pages and/or notes/sections in the Annual Report and Accounts 2020.
Statement of directors' responsibilities
The directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and Accounts (Group and parent company), including the Directors' report on remuneration and the financial statements, in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the directors to prepare Group and parent company financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have prepared the group financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union (EU), and the company financial statements in accordance with United Kingdom (UK) Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) (UK Accounting Standards, comprising FRS 101 'Reduced Disclosures Framework'), and applicable law. Under company law, the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the group and the company and of the profit or loss of the group and the
company for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:
- select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
- state whether they have been prepared in accordance with international accounting standards in conformity with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 and, as regards the group financial statements, International Financial Reporting Standards adopted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 as it applies in the European Union ("IFRSs as adopted by the EU");
- make judgements and accounting estimates that are reasonable, relevant, reliable and prudent;
- assess the Group and parent Company's ability to continue as a going concern, disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern; and
- use the going concern basis of accounting unless they either intend to liquidate the Group or the parent Company or to cease operations or have no realistic alternative but to do so.
The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the group and the company's transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the group and the company and enable them to ensure that the financial statements and the Directors' report on remuneration comply with the Companies Act 2006, as regards to the group financial statements and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation.
They are also responsible for such internal control as they determine is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatements, whether due to fraud or error.
The directors are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the group and the company and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
Under applicable law and regulations, the directors are also responsible for preparing a Strategic Report, Directors' Report, Directors' Remuneration Report and Corporate Governance Statement that complies with that law and those regulations.
The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the group's and the company's website. Legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.
Each of the directors who held office at the date this report was approved, whose names and functions are listed in the Board of directors section, confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:
- the company's financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with UK GAAP (UK Accounting Standards, comprising FRS 101 'Reduced Disclosures Framework' and applicable law), give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the company;
- the group financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the group; and
- the Strategic report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the group and the company, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that it faces.
On the advice of the Audit Committee, the Board considers that the annual report, as a whole is fair, balanced and understandable, and provides the information necessary for shareholders to assess the group position, performance, business model and strategy.
In the case of each director who held office at the date this report was approved:
(a) so far as the director is aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the group's and company's auditors are unaware; and
(b) they have taken all the steps that they ought to have taken as a director in order to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the group's and company's auditors are aware of that information.
Name of person making notification:
Senior Assistant Company Secretary
020 3124 4111
Date of notification:
22 March 2021