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Wednesday 18 July, 2012

RSA Ins Grp

Trading Statement

Trading Statement

RSA Insurance Group Plc

RSA updates guidance following UK weather and Italian earthquake losses

Following the wettest June on record in the UK, RSA today announces that the net loss across the Group’s UK Household, Motor and Commercial Property portfolios from last month’s adverse weather is estimated to be around £40m. Current expectations are that the impact of the continued rainfall experienced to date in July will be around £10m.

In addition, the net loss to the Group in relation to the two earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in May is estimated to be around £35m.

RSA continues to deliver a strong underwriting performance across its diversified international portfolio. However, reflecting the impact of the above events and assuming a more normal level of weather losses in the second half, the combined operating ratio for the full year 2012 is now expected to be better than 96%.

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About RSA

With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. RSA has major operations in the UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Ireland, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe and has the capability to write business in around 140 countries. Focusing on general insurance, RSA has around 23,000 employees and, in 2011, its net written premiums were £8.1 billion.

Important Disclaimer

This press release may contain ‘forward-looking statements’ with respect to certain of the Group’s plans and its current goals and expectations relating to its future financial condition, performance results, strategic initiatives and objectives. Generally, words such as “may”, “could”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “aim”, “outlook”, “believe”, “plan”, “seek”, “continue” or similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. By their nature, all forward-looking statements are inherently predictive and speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances which are beyond the Group’s control, including amongst other things, UK domestic and global economic business conditions, market-related risks such as fluctuations in interest rates and exchange rates, the policies and actions of regulatory authorities, the impact of competition, inflation, deflation, the timing impact and other uncertainties of future acquisitions or combinations within relevant industries, as well as the impact of tax and other legislation or regulations in the jurisdictions in which the Group and its affiliates operate. As a result, the Group’s actual future financial condition, performance and results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set forth in the Group’s forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release are current only as of the date on which such statements are made. The Group undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, save in respect of any requirement under applicable law or regulation. Nothing in this press release shall be construed as a profit forecast.