10 MARCH 2022

Annual results

Looking back on the past year we can again be proud of the Group’s performance in a very challenging environment.

Our performance is testimony to Sanlam’s resilience, and the quality, scale and diversity of our business. Also central to our success is the calibre and commitment of our employees and their ability to execute and deliver value for our shareholders.


Key indicators

  • Return on Group Equity Value per share


  • Net results from financial services


  • New business volumes



  • Net value of new covered business (VNB)

    R2 764 million


  • Net VNB margin


    (2020: 2,58%)

In 2021 the Sanlam Group laid the foundations for future growth by strongly developing our platforms and at the same time delivering a strong performance in a difficult operating environment. We are building on our purpose-led strategy across the Sanlam Group as part of our ongoing sustainability journey to focus on shared value creation, deepening financial inclusion, driving sustainable investment decisions throughout our assets under management, value chains and ecosystems, and optimising value through our strategic partnerships. Sanlam remains an extremely strong and well capitalised business. In 2021 we were able to use the strength of Sanlam to benefit all stakeholders, particularly those severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key performance indicators


  • Operational performance has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Net result from financial services increased by 13% on 2020 (18% in constant currency) and was 4% higher than 2019 excluding one-off items.
  • Net operational earnings increased by 23% (28% in constant currency), reflecting higher investment income relative to 2020.

New business

  • New business volumes exceeded R350 billion for the first time, up 14% on 2020 and 43% higher than 2019.
  • Volume growth bolstered by strong profitability and margins. Net value of new covered business (VNB) increased by 44% on 2020 and 21% on 2019, with a new business margin of 2,87% (2,98% on a constant economic basis).
  • Net client cash flows improved substantially despite the increase in mortality claims, supported by inflows into Sanlam Investments and Sanlam Glacier. Net fund inflows of R78,3 billion were 27% higher than 2020 and 38% higher than 2019.

Group Equity value

  • Group Equity Value per share of R64,44.
  • Return on Group Equity Value (RoGEV) per share of 13,9%.
  • Adjusted RoGEV per share of 14,6% was above the Group’s hurdle rate of 13,6%.

Dividend and capital

  • The Group declared a normal dividend of 334 cents per share, up 11% on 2020.
  • Group solvency ratio remains strong at 173%, well within the target range.
  • Discretionary capital increased to R2,9 billion.

Annual results

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