Annual Report 2022
Solvency ratio and a.s.r. ratings

Capital requirement

The required capital stood at 3,307 million per 31 December 2022 (2021: 4,185 million). The required capital (before diversification) consists for 2022 2,481 million out of market risk and the insurance risk amounted to 3,166 million.

a.s.r.'s Solvency II ratio, including financial institutions, complied during 2022 with the applicable externally imposed capital requirement. The capital requirements of the financial institutions fall under a different sectoral supervision regime.

The table below presents the solvency ratio at group level as at the date indicated.

Eligible own funds to meet the SCR
31 December 202231 December 2021
Eligible Own Funds Solvency II7,3468,189
Required capital3,3074,185
Solvency II ratio excluding Financial Institutions222%196%
Eligible Own Funds Solvency II7,4418,270
Required capital3,3604,233
Solvency II ratio including Financial Institutions221%195%

The Solvency II ratio stood at 222% (excluding financial institutions) as at 31 December 2022 (2021: 196%). The Solvency II ratio including financial institutions stood at 221% as at 31 December 2022 (2021: 195%). The Solvency II ratios presented are not final until filed with the regulators.

Under Solvency II it is permitted to reduce the required capital with the mitigating tax effects resulting from a 1-in-200-year loss (Shock loss). There is a mitigating tax effect to the extent that the Shock loss (BSCR + Operational risk) is deductible for tax purposes and can be compensated with taxable profits. This positive tax effect can only be taken into account when sufficiently substantiated (‘more likely than not’). a.s.r. included a beneficial effect on its solvency ratio(s) due to the application of the LAC DT. The LAC DT benefit was 804 million at year-end 2022.

Relevant regulation and current guidance (Delegated Regulation, Level 3 guidelines, Dutch Central Bank Q&A’s and IAS12) is taken into account in the development of the LAC DT methodology.

a.s.r. uses an advanced model for the LAC DT of both a.s.r. life and a.s.r. non-life and a ‘basic’ model for a.s.r. health basic and supplementary. In the advanced model future fiscal profits are used to underpin the LAC DT, while in the basic model no future profits are used. Both models are and will be updated in case constrained by additional guidance or legislation provided.

The a.s.r. solvency ratio does not include any contingent liability potentially arising from any of the current and / or future legal proceedings in relation to unit-linked insurance contracts or for other products sold, issued or advised on by a.s.r.’s insurance subsidiaries in the past, the reason being that it is impossible at this time to make reliable estimates because the book of policies of a.s.r. dates back many years, contains of a variety of products with different features and conditions and because of the fact that rulings are diverse.

On 22 September 2021 the European Commission published its proposal for the revision of Solvency II. It consists of various changes to the Solvency II framework, affecting most notably the liability discount curve, the risk margin and the volatility adjustment (VA). In July 2022, the Council reached an agreement on their common position. The Parliament has tabled many amendments and will vote on their final position in early 2023. The next step then is for the European Parliament, the Council to negotiate the final legislative texts of the revision of Solvency II. It is expected that the changes will come into effect in 2025 at the earliest and that some measures will include a phase-in period. Quantitative impact of the EC proposal has been analysed and appears to be more favourable compared to the earlier EIOPA advice, but a conclusion is only possible after specifications have been finalised.

Standard & Poor’s confirmed the single A rating of a.s.r., a.s.r. Life and a.s.r. Non-life on 9 September 2022 and on 27 October 2022 for a.s.r. including Aegon Nederland.

Ratings per legal entity
Ratings Standard & Poor'sTypeRatingOutlookRating & outlook since
ASR Nederland N.V.CCRBBB+Stable15 May 2014
ASR Levensverzekering N.V.FSRAStable23 August 2012
ASR Levensverzekering N.V.CCRAStable23 August 2012
ASR Schadeverzekering N.V.FSRAStable23 August 2012
ASR Schadeverzekering N.V.CCRAStable23 August 2012

CCR: counterparty credit rating

FSR: financial strength rating

Rating reports can be found on the corporate website: