Exhibit 99.1


LOGO    Investors:   

Peter Poillon

(212) 915-8084

Email: peter.poillon@willis.com

News Release    Media:   

Miles Russell

+44 203 124-7446

Email: miles.russell@willis.com

For Immediate Release

Willis Group Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

7.0% reported growth in commissions and fees

7.5% organic growth in commissions and fees

Group announces 3.7% quarterly cash dividend increase

NEW YORK, February 12, 2013

– Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today reported results for the fourth quarter of 2012 and twelve months ended December 31, 2012. The quarter also marked the culmination of Joe Plumeri’s 12 year tenure as CEO and the appointment of Dominic Casserley in that role.

As the Company announced in December 2012, it incurred significant charges during the fourth quarter related to goodwill impairment in North America and a change in the Company’s cash retention awards program. Additionally, during the quarter, the Company set up a valuation allowance against its deferred tax asset. These items, collectively, had a notable negative impact on reported results. Excluding those items, all of which have no impact on the expected cash profile of the company, the Company’s fourth quarter 2012 adjusted earnings per share were flat versus the prior year quarter as higher commissions and fees were offset by higher salary and benefits expense and taxes.

Financial highlights for:


     Three months ended
December 31,
    Twelve months ended
December 31,
     2012     2011     Change     2012     2011     Change  

Reported earnings per diluted share from continuing operations

   $ (4.65   $ 0.14        NM      $ (2.58   $ 1.15        NM  

Adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations

   $ 0.45      $ 0.45        —     $ 2.58      $ 2.74        (5.8 )%

Reported operating margin

     (89.0 )%      9.9     NM        (6.0 )%      16.4     NM  

Adjusted operating margin

     19.1     18.7     40 bps        21.6     22.5 %     (90 ) bps

Reported commissions and fees growth

     7.0     (1.6 )%       1.3     3.7 %  

Organic commissions and fees growth

     7.5     (2.3 )%       3.1     1.8  

NM = not meaningful



The following information was filed by Willis Towers Watson Plc (WLTW) on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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