Aon Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

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Fourth Quarter Key Metrics and Highlights

  • Total revenue increased 8% to $3.4 billion, including organic revenue growth of 7%
  • Operating margin decreased 920 basis points to 23.1%, and operating margin, adjusted for certain items, increased 60 basis points to 33.8%
  • EPS decreased 21% to $2.47, and EPS, adjusted for certain items was flat at $3.89
  • Repurchased 2.3 million class A ordinary shares for approximately $0.8 billion
  • Announced definitive agreement to acquire leading broker NFP to unlock fast-growing middle market with Aon Business Services-enhanced distribution and further accelerate our Aon United strategy

Full Year Key Metrics and Highlights

  • Total revenue increased 7% to $13.4 billion, including organic revenue growth of 7%
  • Operating margin decreased 110 basis points to 28.3%, and operating margin, adjusted for certain items, increased 80 basis points to 31.6%
  • EPS increased 3% to $12.51, and EPS, adjusted for certain items, increased 6% to $14.14
  • Cash flows from operations increased 7% to $3,435 million and free cash flow increased 5% to $3,183 million
  • Repurchased 8.4 million class A ordinary shares for approximately $2.7 billion

DUBLIN, Feb. 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Aon plc (NYSE: AON) today reported results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

Net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders in the fourth quarter decreased 24%, or $2.47 per share on a diluted basis, compared to $3.14 per share on a diluted basis, in the prior year period. Net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders, adjusted for certain items, was flat at $3.89 on a diluted basis for the quarter, including a favorable impact of $0.03 per share if prior year period results were translated at current period foreign exchange rates ("foreign currency translation"). Certain items that impacted fourth quarter results and comparisons with the prior year period are detailed in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 10 of this press release.

"In the fourth quarter and full year, our colleagues delivered 7% organic revenue growth, highlighted by double-digit growth in Reinsurance Solutions and Health Solutions.  This top line growth contributed to full year adjusted margin expansion of 80 basis points, adjusted operating income growth of 10%, and $3.2 billion of free cash flow." said Greg Case, Chief Executive Officer. "This strong performance demonstrates how we are going further, faster with our 3x3 plan, which is an acceleration of our proven Aon United strategy. Our Risk Capital and Human Capital structure has unlocked new opportunities to grow, and Aon Business Services is a catalyst for innovation delivering new products and tools at scale across client segments and geographies."

FOURTH QUARTER 2023 FINANCIAL SUMMARY

Total revenue in the fourth quarter increased 8% to $3.4 billion compared to the prior year period reflecting 7% organic revenue growth, a 2% favorable impact from foreign currency translation, and a 1% favorable impact from fiduciary investment income, partially offset by a 2% unfavorable impact from acquisitions, divestitures and other.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter increased 23% to $2.6 billion compared to the prior year period due primarily to an increase in expense associated with 7% organic revenue growth, investments in long-term growth, a $197 million charge in connection with certain accrued actual or anticipated legal settlement expenses, and a $40 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Foreign currency translation in the fourth quarter had a $6 million, or $0.03 per share, favorable impact on U.S. GAAP net income and a $7 million, or $0.03 per share, favorable impact on adjusted net income. If currency were to remain stable at today's rates, the Company would expect a favorable impact of approximately $0.03 per share, or an approximately $9 million increase in adjusted operating income, in the first quarter of 2024, and a favorable impact of approximately $0.02 per share, or an approximately $6 million increase in adjusted operating income, for full year 2024.

Effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 16.7%, compared to  6.1% in the prior year period, primarily driven by changes in the geographical distribution of income and a lower net favorable impact from discrete items than in the prior year period. After adjusting to exclude the applicable tax impact associated with certain non-GAAP adjustments, the adjusted effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 18.2% compared to 9.0% in the prior year period. The primary drivers of the change in the adjusted tax rate were the geographical distribution of income and a lower net favorable impact from discrete items than in the prior year period. These adjustments are discussed in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 10 of this press release.

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 202.0 million in the fourth quarter compared to 209.3 million in the prior year period. The Company repurchased 2.3 million class A ordinary shares for approximately $0.8 billion in the fourth quarter. As of December 31, 2023, the Company had approximately $3.3 billion of remaining authorization under its share repurchase program.

FULL YEAR 2023 CASH FLOW SUMMARY

The full year 2023 cash flow summary provided below includes supplemental information related to free cash flow, which is a non-GAAP measure that is described in detail in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue Growth and Free Cash Flow" on page 9 of this press release.

Cash flows provided by operations for 2023 increased $216 million, or 7%, to $3,435 million compared to the prior year period, reflecting strong operating income growth and overall working capital optimization, partially offset by a negative impact to working capital due to temporary invoicing delays associated with the implementation of a new system, and higher cash tax payments.

Free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, increased 5%, to $3,183 million in 2023 compared to the prior year, reflecting an increase in cash flows from operations, partially offset by a $56 million increase in capital expenditures, due primarily to ongoing investments in Aon Business Services-enabled technology platforms and technology to drive long-term-growth.

FOURTH QUARTER 2023 REVENUE REVIEW

The fourth quarter revenue reviews provided below include supplemental information related to organic revenue, which is a non-GAAP measure that is described in detail in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue Growth and Free Cash Flow" on page 9 of this press release.

Three Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

% Change

Less:

Currency

Impact

Less:

Fiduciary

Investment

Income

Less: Acquisitions, Divestitures & Other

Organic

Revenue

Growth

Revenue

Commercial Risk Solutions

$     1,906

$      1,822

5 %

1 %

1 %

(1) %

4 %

Reinsurance Solutions

332

281

18

1

6

(3)

14

Health Solutions

763

678

13

1

1

11

Wealth Solutions

377

353

7

3

(1)

5

Elimination

(3)

(4)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total revenue

$     3,375

$      3,130

8 %

2 %

1 %

(2) %

7 %

Total revenue increased $245 million, or 8%, to $3,375 million, compared to the prior year period, including organic revenue growth of 7% driven by ongoing strong retention, net new business generation, and management of the renewal book, a 2% favorable impact from foreign currency translation, and a 1% favorable impact from fiduciary investment income, partially offset by a 2% unfavorable impact from acquisitions, divestitures and other.

Commercial Risk Solutions organic revenue growth of 4% reflects solid growth across most major geographies driven by strong retention, management of the renewal book, and net new business generation. Growth in retail brokerage was highlighted by double-digit growth in Asia and the Pacific, driven by continued strength in core P&C. The U.S. grew modestly driven by strength in property, casualty, and construction, partially offset by the impact of external M&A and IPO markets. On average globally, exposures and pricing were positive, resulting in modestly positive market impact.

Reinsurance Solutions organic revenue growth of 14% reflects strong growth in treaty, driven by strong retention and continued net new business generation, as well as strong growth in facultative placements and investment banking. Market impact was modestly positive on results in the quarter. The majority of revenue in our treaty portfolio is recurring in nature and is recorded in connection with the major renewal periods that take place throughout the first half of the year, while the second half of the year is typically driven by facultative placements, capital markets activity, and advisory work that is more transactional in nature.

Health Solutions organic revenue growth of 11% reflects strong growth globally in core health and benefits brokerage primarily from net new business generation and management of the renewal book. Strength in the core was highlighted by double-digit growth in most major geographies. Results also reflect double-digit growth in Consumer Benefit Solutions and modest growth in Talent.

Wealth Solutions organic revenue growth of 5% reflects strong growth in Retirement, driven by advisory demand and project-related work related to pension de-risking and ongoing impact of regulatory changes. In Investments, a modest increase in AUM-based delegated investment revenue was offset by a decline in advisory.

FOURTH QUARTER 2023 EXPENSE REVIEW

Three Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

$ Change

% Change

Expenses

Compensation and benefits

$         1,671

$         1,539

$       132

9 %

Information technology

131

138

(7)

(5)

Premises

77

73

4

5

Depreciation of fixed assets

48

36

12

33

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

19

26

(7)

(27)

Other general expense

521

306

215

70

Accelerating Aon United Program expenses

129

129

100

Total operating expenses

$         2,596

$         2,118

$       478

23 %

Compensation and benefits expense increased $132 million, or 9%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to an increase in expense associated with 7% organic revenue growth and a $32 million unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.

Information technology expense decreased $7 million, or 5%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to lower cloud costs and elevated technology investments in the prior year period.

Premises expense increased $4 million, or 5%, compared to the prior year period.

Depreciation of fixed assets increased $12 million, or 33%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to ongoing investments in Aon Business Services-enabled technology platforms to drive long-term growth.

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets decreased $7 million, or 27%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to a decrease associated with assets held for sale as part of ongoing portfolio management and assets fully amortized in the prior year period.

Other general expense increased $215 million, or 70%, compared to the prior year period primarily due to a $197 million charge in connection with certain accrued actual or anticipated legal settlement expenses and $17 million of transaction costs associated with the expected acquisition of NFP.

Accelerating Aon United Restructuring Program expenses were $129 million, relating to workforce optimization, asset impairments, and technology and other costs.

FOURTH QUARTER 2023 INCOME SUMMARY

Certain noteworthy items impacted adjusted operating income and adjusted operating margins in the fourth quarters of 2023 and 2022, which are also described in detail in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 10 of this press release.

Three Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

%  Change

Revenue

$     3,375

$    3,130

8 %

Expenses

2,596

2,118

23 %

Operating income

$         779

$    1,012

(23) %

Operating margin

23.1 %

32.3 %

Operating income - as adjusted

$     1,141

$    1,038

10 %

Operating margin - as adjusted

33.8 %

33.2 %

Operating income decreased $233 million, or 23%, and operating margin decreased 920 basis points to 23.1%, each compared to the prior year period. Operating income, adjusted for certain items detailed on page 10 of this press release, increased $103 million, or 10%, and operating margin, adjusted for certain items, increased 60 basis points to 33.8%, each compared to the prior year period. The increase in adjusted operating income and margin reflects organic revenue growth and increased fiduciary investment income, partially offset by increased expenses and investments in long-term growth.

Interest income increased $9 million compared to the prior year period, reflecting higher interest rates. Interest expense increased $14 million to $124 million compared to the prior year period, reflecting an overall increase in total debt and higher interest rates.

Other income (expense) decreased $138 million compared to the prior year period, primarily due to a $170 million non-cash pension settlement charge in the prior year period that did not repeat in the fourth quarter of 2023. Other income (expense) - as adjusted increased $32 million compared to the prior year period, primarily due to an increase in non-cash net periodic pension cost.

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders in the fourth quarter decreased 24% to $498 million compared to $657 million, in the prior year period. Net income attributable to Aon shareholders, adjusted for certain items, in the fourth quarter decreased 4% to $785 million compared to $815 million, in the prior year period.

2023 FULL YEAR SUMMARY

Total revenue in 2023 increased 7% to $13.4 billion compared to the prior year reflecting 7% organic revenue growth and a 2% favorable impact from fiduciary investment income, partially offset by a 2% unfavorable impact from acquisitions, divestitures and other.

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders decreased to $2,564 million, or $12.51 per share on a diluted basis, compared to $2,589 million, or $12.14 per share, in the prior year. Net income per share, adjusted for certain items, increased 6% to $14.14 on a diluted basis, including an unfavorable impact of $0.17 per share from foreign currency translation, compared to $13.39 in the prior year. Certain items that impacted full year results and comparisons against the prior year are detailed in "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share" on page 10 of this press release.

During 2023, the Company repurchased approximately 8.4 million class A ordinary shares for approximately $2.7 billion at an average price of $321.52 per share. As of December 31, 2023, the Company had approximately $3.3 billion of remaining authorization under its share repurchase program.

Conference Call, Presentation Slides and Webcast Details

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 7:30 a.m., central time. Interested parties can listen to the conference call via a live audio webcast and view the presentation slides at www.aon.com.

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Explanation of Non-GAAP MeasuresThis communication includes supplemental information not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"), including organic revenue growth, free cash flow, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted net income attributable to Aon shareholders, adjusted diluted net income per share, adjusted effective tax rate, adjusted other income (expense) – pensions, adjusted other income (expense), and adjusted income before income taxes that exclude the effects of intangible asset amortization and impairment, pension settlements, Accelerating Aon United Program expenses, NFP transaction costs, certain legal settlements, capital expenditures, and certain other noteworthy items that affected results for the comparable periods. Organic revenue growth includes the impact of intercompany activity and excludes foreign exchange rate changes, acquisitions, divestitures (including held for sale businesses), transfers between revenue lines, fiduciary investment income, and gains or losses on derivatives accounted for as hedges. Currency impact represents the effect on prior year period results if they were translated at current period foreign exchange rates. Reconciliations to the closest U.S. GAAP measure for each non-GAAP measure presented in this communication are provided in the attached appendices. Supplemental organic revenue growth information and additional measures that exclude the effects of certain items noted above do not affect net income or any other U.S. GAAP reported amounts. Free cash flow is cash flows from operating activity less capital expenditures. The adjusted effective tax rate excludes the applicable tax impact associated with expenses for estimated intangible asset amortization and impairment, and certain other noteworthy items. Management believes that these measures are important to make meaningful period-to-period comparisons and that this supplemental information is helpful to investors. Management also uses these measures to assess operating performance and performance for compensation. Non-GAAP measures should be viewed in addition to, not in lieu of, Aon's Consolidated Financial Statements. Industry peers provide similar supplemental information regarding their performance, although they may not make identical adjustments.

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 Aon plcConsolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(millions, except per share data)

2023

2022

%

Change

2023

2022

%

Change

Revenue

Total revenue

$  3,375

$  3,130

8 %

$  13,376

$  12,479

7 %

Expenses

Compensation and benefits

1,671

1,539

9 %

6,902

6,477

7 %

Information technology

131

138

(5) %

534

509

5 %

Premises

77

73

5 %

294

289

2 %

Depreciation of fixed assets

48

36

33 %

167

151

11 %

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

19

26

(27) %

89

113

(21) %

Other general expense

521

306

70 %

1,470

1,271

16 %

Accelerating Aon United Program expenses

129

100 %

135

100 %

Total operating expenses

2,596

2,118

23 %

9,591

8,810

9 %

Operating income

779

1,012

(23) %

3,785

3,669

3 %

Interest income

12

3

300 %

31

18

72 %

Interest expense

(124)

(110)

13 %

(484)

(406)

19 %

Other income (expense)

(58)

(196)

(70) %

(163)

(125)

30 %

Income before income taxes

609

709

(14) %

3,169

3,156

— %

Income tax expense (1)

102

43

137 %

541

510

6 %

Net income

507

666

(24) %

2,628

2,646

(1) %

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

9

9

— %

64

57

12 %

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders

$      498

$      657

(24) %

$  2,564

$  2,589

(1) %

Basic net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders

$     2.49

$     3.17

(21) %

$  12.60

$  12.23

3 %

Diluted net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders

$     2.47

$     3.14

(21) %

$  12.51

$  12.14

3 %

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - basic

200.3

207.5

(3) %

203.5

211.7

(4) %

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

202.0

209.3

(3) %

205.0

213.2

(4) %

(1)

The effective tax rate was 16.7% and 6.1% for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and 17.1% and 16.2% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Aon plc

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Organic Revenue Growth and Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)

Organic Revenue Growth (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

% Change

Less: CurrencyImpact (1)

Less: Fiduciary Investment Income (2)

Less: Acquisitions, Divestitures & Other

Organic Revenue Growth (3)

Revenue

Commercial Risk Solutions

$          1,906

$          1,822

5 %

1 %

1 %

(1) %

4 %

Reinsurance Solutions

332

281

18

1

6

(3)

14

Health Solutions

763

678

13

1

1

11

Wealth Solutions

377

353

7

3

(1)

5

Elimination

(3)

(4)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total revenue

$          3,375

$          3,130

8 %

2 %

1 %

(2) %

7 %

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

% Change

Less: CurrencyImpact (1)

Less: Fiduciary Investment Income (2)

Less: Acquisitions, Divestitures & Other

Organic Revenue Growth (3)

Revenue

Commercial Risk Solutions

$          7,043

$          6,715

5 %

— %

2 %

(2) %

5 %

Reinsurance Solutions

2,481

2,190

13

(1)

4

10

Health Solutions

2,433

2,224

9

(1)

10

Wealth Solutions

1,431

1,367

5

1

4

Elimination

(12)

(17)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total revenue

$        13,376

$        12,479

7 %

— %

2 %

(2) %

7 %

(1)

Currency impact represents the effect on prior year period results if they were translated at current period foreign exchange rates.

(2)

Fiduciary investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $78 million and $41 million, respectively. Fiduciary investment income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 was $274 million and $76 million, respectively.

(3)

Organic revenue growth includes the impact of intercompany activity and excludes the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, fiduciary investment income, acquisitions, divestitures (including held for sale businesses, which had a 1% favorable impact on total organic revenue growth for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023), transfers between revenue lines, and gains and losses on derivatives accounted for as hedges.

 

Free Cash Flows (Unaudited

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(millions)

2023

2022

%

Change

Cash Provided By Operating Activities

$          3,435

$          3,219

7 %

Capital Expenditures

(252)

(196)

29 %

Free Cash Flows (1)

$          3,183

$          3,023

5 %

(1)

Free cash flow is defined as Cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. This non-GAAP measure does not imply or represent a precise calculation of residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

 

Aon plc

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures - Operating Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share (Unaudited) (1)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(millions, except percentages)

2023

2022

%

Change

2023

2022

%

Change

Revenue

$    3,375

$    3,130

8 %

$    13,376

$   12,479

7 %

Operating income

$       779

$    1,012

(23) %

$     3,785

$    3,669

3 %

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

19

26

(27) %

89

113

(21) %

Accelerating Aon United Program expenses (2)

129

100 %

135

100 %

Legal settlements (3)

197

100 %

197

58

240 %

Transaction costs (4)

17

100 %

17

100 %

Operating income - as adjusted

$    1,141

$    1,038

10 %

$     4,223

$    3,840

10 %

Operating margin

23.1 %

32.3 %

28.3 %

29.4 %

Operating margin - as adjusted

33.8 %

33.2 %

31.6 %

30.8 %

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(millions, except per share data)

2023

2022

%

Change

2023

2022

%

Change

Operating income - as adjusted

$    1,141

$    1,038

10 %

$    4,223

$    3,840

10 %

Interest income

12

3

300 %

31

18

72 %

Interest expense

(124)

(110)

13 %

(484)

(406)

19 %

Other income (expense):

Other income (expense) - pensions - as adjusted (5)

(20)

(100) %

(71)

(9)

689 %

Other income (expense) - other

(38)

(26)

46 %

(65)

54

(220) %

Other income (expense) - as adjusted (5)

(58)

(26)

123 %

(136)

45

(402) %

Income before income taxes - as adjusted

971

905

7 %

3,634

3,497

4 %

Income tax expense (6)

177

81

119 %

671

585

15 %

Net income - as adjusted

794

824

(4) %

2,963

2,912

2 %

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

9

9

— %

64

57

12 %

Net income attributable to Aon shareholders - as adjusted

785

815

(4) %

2,899

2,855

2 %

Diluted net income per share attributable to Aon shareholders - as adjusted

$      3.89

$      3.89

— %

$    14.14

$    13.39

6 %

Weighted average ordinary shares outstanding - diluted

202.0

209.3

(3) %

205.0

213.2

(4) %

Effective Tax Rates (6)

U.S. GAAP

16.7 %

6.1 %

17.1 %

16.2 %

Non-GAAP

18.2 %

9.0 %

18.5 %

16.7 %

(1)

Certain noteworthy items impacting operating income in 2023 and 2022 are described in this schedule. The items shown with the caption "as adjusted" are non-GAAP measures.

(2)

Total charges related to the Accelerating Aon United Program ("AAU Program") are expected to include technology-related costs to facilitate streamlining and simplifying operations, headcount reduction costs, and costs associated with asset impairments, including real estate consolidation costs.

(3)

In the fourth quarter of 2023, Aon recognized actual or anticipated legal settlement expenses in connection with transactions for which capital was arranged by a third party, Vesttoo Ltd., primarily in the form of letters of credit from third party banks that are alleged to have been fraudulent. Certain actual or anticipated legal settlement expenses totaling $197 million have been recognized in the current period, where certain potentially meaningful amounts may be recoverable in future periods. Additionally, a $58 million charge was recognized in the second quarter of 2022 with certain other legal settlements reached in matters unrelated to Vesttoo.

(4)

In the fourth quarter of 2023, Aon entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NFP. As part of the definitive agreement, certain transaction costs were incurred including advisory, legal, accounting, and other professional or consulting fees required to complete the acquisition.

(5)

To further its pension de-risking strategy, the Company settled certain pension obligations in the Netherlands through the purchase of annuities, where certain pension assets were liquidated to purchase the annuities. A non-cash settlement charge totaling $27 million was recognized in the second quarter of 2023, which is excluded from Other income (expense) - as adjusted. Additionally, the Company purchased an annuity for portions of its U.S. pension plans that will settle certain obligations. A non-cash settlement charge totaling $170 million was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2022, which is excluded from Other income (expense) - as adjusted.

(6)

Adjusted items are generally taxed at the estimated annual effective tax rate, except for the applicable tax impact associated with the anticipated sale of certain assets and liabilities classified as held for sale, certain pension and legal settlements, AAU Program expenses, and certain transaction costs and other charges related to the definitive agreement to acquire NFP, which are adjusted at the related jurisdictional rate.

 

Aon plc

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

As of December 31,

2023

2022

(millions) 

(unaudited)

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$                       778

$                       690

Short-term investments

369

452

Receivables, net

3,254

3,035

Fiduciary assets (1)

16,278

15,900

Other current assets

996

646

Total current assets

21,675

20,723

Goodwill

8,414

8,292

Intangible assets, net

234

447

Fixed assets, net

638

558

Operating lease right-of-use assets

650

699

Deferred tax assets

1,195

824

Prepaid pension

618

652

Other non-current assets

506

509

Total assets

$                  33,930

$                  32,704

Liabilities and equity (deficit)

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$                    2,262

$                    2,114

Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

1,204

945

Fiduciary liabilities

16,278

15,900

Other current liabilities

1,878

1,347

Total current liabilities

21,622

20,306

Long-term debt

9,995

9,825

Non-current operating lease liabilities

641

693

Deferred tax liabilities

115

99

Pension, other postretirement, and postemployment liabilities

1,225

1,186

Other non-current liabilities

1,074

1,024

Total liabilities

34,672

33,133

Equity (deficit)

Ordinary shares - $0.01 nominal value

    Authorized: 500 shares (issued: 2023 - 198.6 ; 2022 - 205.4)

2

2

Additional paid-in capital

6,944

6,864

Accumulated deficit

(3,399)

(2,772)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(4,373)

(4,623)

Total Aon shareholders' deficit

(826)

(529)

Noncontrolling interests

84

100

Total deficit

(742)

(429)

Total liabilities and equity (deficit)

$                  33,930

$                  32,704

(1)

Includes funds held on behalf of clients of $6,901 million and $6,386 million as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively.

 

Aon plc

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Year ended December 31,

2023

2022

(millions) 

(unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income

$             2,628

$             2,646

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: 

Gain from sales of businesses

(4)

(54)

Depreciation of fixed assets

167

151

Amortization and impairment of intangible assets

89

113

Share-based compensation expense

438

397

Deferred income taxes

(373)

(252)

Other, net

28

170

Change in assets and liabilities:

Receivables, net

(188)

(96)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

13

(22)

Accelerating Aon United Program liabilities

99

Current income taxes

174

216

Pension, other postretirement and postemployment liabilities

8

(53)

Other assets and liabilities

356

3

Cash provided by operating activities

3,435

3,219

Cash flows from investing activities

Proceeds from investments

76

110

Purchases for investments

(67)

(107)

Net sales (purchases) of short-term investments - non fiduciary

85

(175)

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash and funds held on behalf of clients

(35)

(162)

Sale of businesses, net of cash and funds held on behalf of clients

5

81

Capital expenditures

(252)

(196)

Cash used for investing activities

(188)

(449)

Cash flows from financing activities

Share repurchase

(2,700)

(3,203)

Proceeds from issuance of shares

72

58

Cash paid for employee taxes on withholding shares

(241)

(215)

Commercial paper issuances, net of repayments

(27)

(65)

Issuance of debt

744

1,967

Repayment of debt

(350)

(500)

Increase in fiduciary liabilities, net of fiduciary receivables

358

702

Cash dividends to shareholders

(489)

(463)

Noncontrolling interests and other financing activities

(232)

(71)

Cash used for financing activities

(2,865)

(1,790)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients

264

(549)

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients

646

431

Cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients at beginning of year

7,076

6,645

Cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients at end of year

$             7,722

$             7,076

Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients:

Cash and cash equivalents

$                778

$                690

Cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients classified as held for sale

43

Funds held on behalf of clients

6,901

6,386

Total cash and cash equivalents and funds held on behalf of clients

$             7,722

$             7,076

 

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