Prudential plc (“Prudential”) is today holding a conference for investors and analysts in London.
Group Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam will open the conference under the continuing theme of ‘Growth and Cash’. His presentation will outline three new objectives1:
- Asia Underlying Free Surplus Generation2 of £0.9 billion - £1.1 billion in 2017 (2012: £484 million)
- Asia life and asset management pre-tax IFRS operating profit to grow at a compound annual rate of at least 15 per cent over the period 2012 to 2017 (2012: £924 million)3
- Cumulative Group Underlying Free Surplus Generation of at least £10 billion over the four-year period from 2014 to end-2017
The conference will also feature presentations from Prudential’s four business units: Prudential Corporation Asia (“Asia”), Jackson National Life Insurance Company (“Jackson”) in the US, M&G and Prudential UK and Europe (“UK”).
Commenting on the investor conference and new objectives, Tidjane Thiam said:
“Prudential is in the final year of its 2013 ‘Growth and Cash’ objectives set in December 2010. I am pleased to announce today that we have also now achieved the UK cash remittance objective. With this, we have now met five of our six 2013 objectives. We are on track to achieve the remaining objective of doubling 2009 Asia new business profits by 2013. The progress we have made towards achieving these objectives in spite of the financial crisis demonstrates that Prudential can both grow profitably and generate solid cash flows from all four business units.
“Our strategy is unchanged. The fundamental drivers of our long-term success in Asia remain intact. Our exposure to fast-growing sweet-spot markets4, increasing demand for savings and protection products from a rapidly emerging and increasingly wealthy middle class, and our track record of execution underpin our two new 2017 objectives in Asia. In the more developed markets of the US and the UK, we are focused on delivering earnings and cash by meeting the savings and retirement needs of the ‘baby-boomers’ in the US and of the ageing population in the UK. The consistency of our strategy and the quality of our execution underpin our aim to generate at least £10 billion of cash across the Group, equivalent to a third of our current market capitalisation, over the next four years.
“Looking beyond 2017, we are building the Group’s long-term future by selectively investing in markets that share many of the positive characteristics that we find in our existing Asian markets, namely fast-growing GDP, a young population and low insurance penetration. Over the last two years, we have invested in four new markets — Cambodia, Myanmar, Poland and most recently Ghana – and are exploring a fifth in Saudi Arabia. These initiatives will provide us with access to a combined population of 175 million and GDP worth $1.4 - 2 - trillion. Our overall scale and the core skills we have developed in Asia enable us to develop new markets at low opportunity cost.
“We will remain focused on serving our customers and growing profitably. We will continue to invest in the medium to long-term future of the Group and are well positioned to deliver compelling returns to shareholders.”
The presentations will begin at 8:30am (UK time) and will be made available on Prudential’s corporate website over the course of the day.
1 The objectives assume current exchange rates and economic assumptions made by Prudential in calculating the EEV basis supplementary information for the half year ended 30 June 2013, and are based on current regulatory and solvency regimes applicable across the Group. The objectives assume that the current EEV, IFRS and Free Surplus methodology will be applicable over the period
2 Underlying free surplus generated comprises underlying free surplus generated from long-term business (net of investment in new business) and that generated from asset management operations. The 2012 comparative is based on the retrospective application of new and amended accounting standards and excludes the one-off gain on sale of our stake in China Life of Taiwan of £51 million
3 Asia 2012 IFRS operating profit of £924 million, as reported at the half year ended 30 June 2013, is based on the retrospective application of new and amended accounting standards, and excludes the one-off gain on sale of our stake in China Life of Taiwan of £51 million
4 Sweet-spot markets comprise Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
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