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Aon Hewitt advises pension schemes on UK Coal restructuring

LONDON, 10 December 2012 – Aon Hewitt, the global human resources solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has announced that it advised the Industry-Wide Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and the Industry-Wide Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme on the restructuring announced this morning by UK Coal PLC.

Under the terms of the restructuring, UK Coal has been split into separate mining and property businesses. The mining business will continue as employer sponsor of the pension schemes.  In return for giving up any potential claim against the property business, the two pension schemes have a 75.1 per cent shareholding in the new property business, Harworth Estates. The pension schemes have also injected £30m of capital into Harworth Estates to ensure that it has the necessary funds to develop the properties and thereby achieve the maximum value for the pension schemes in the long term.  Overall, the restructuring has helped to protect the pension benefits of the schemes' 6,800 members.

Donald Duval, partner at Aon Hewitt and actuary to the pension schemes said:
"The split of the business, with the pension schemes taking the majority share in the property business, is an innovative solution to the problem of funding the pension schemes while allowing the companies to invest in the business. 

"This is an excellent outcome for the business, the trustees and the members – particularly as the alternative might well have been the schemes entering the Pension Protection Fund, which would have meant much-reduced benefits for the members."


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Colin Mayes                                                Adam Leviton
 Aon Hewitt                                                  Capital MSL
 01372 733689                                           020 7307 5339
 colin.mayes@aonhewitt.com                 adam.leviton@capitalmsl.com


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