Prudential (LON:PRU)

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Wall Street Journal  Sep 25  Comment 
Prudential Financial will take over the pension responsibilities for 30,000 retirees at Motorola Solutions, in the latest big deal in which a corporation offloads to an insurer some of the risks of running an old-fashioned pension plan.
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The FCA has today banned Andrew Barlas from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity.  The FCA found that Barlas knowingly submitted two mortgage applications to mortgage lenders containing false and misleading information...
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 21  Comment 
After prescribing a new Corporate Governance Code for listed companies, capital markets watchdog SEBI is now mulling over a new set of Prudential Governance Norms for stock brokers to safeguard in...
The Hindu Business Line  Sep 19  Comment 
I have an annuity policy of ICICI Prudential, on which an annuity of ₹283 per month is payable to me. It is credited to my bank account every month. Every year the insurance company asks f...
DailyFinance  Sep 17  Comment 
Prudential Investments® has launched the Prudential Jennison Emerging Markets Equity Fund (NASDAQ:PDEAX), a fund that offers investors the potential for long-term capital growth and diversification by investing in companies...
Jutia Group  Sep 17  Comment 
[Business Wire] - Prudential Investments® has launched the Prudential Jennison Emerging Markets Equity Fund , a fund that offers investors the potential for long-term capital growth and diversification by investing in companies located around the...
DailyFinance  Sep 17  Comment 
In recognition of the firm’s outstanding leadership in establishing family friendly policies, programs and a corporate culture that supports working moms including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave...
Reuters  Sep 17  Comment 
Eastspring Investments, the asset management arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, appointed Christian Fleischer as head of marketing and Tio Yang Phen as director of investment...




 
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Prudential plc (LON: PRU) is a UK-based financial services company with operations in the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. It operates in the United Kingdom through its subsidiaries, primarily The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (PAC), Prudential Annuities Limited (PAL), Prudential Retirement Income Limited (PRIL) and M&G Investment Management Limited.[1] In the United States, Prudential’s main subsidiary is Jackson National Life Insurance Company.[1] The company also has operations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and other Asian countries.[1]

Prudential has two segments: insurance operations and asset management operations. Prudential offers a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities, as well as collective investment schemes.[1]

Business Growth

Prudential's new business profit was up 25% to £2.0 billion from £1.6 billion in 2009.[2] IFRS operating profit based on long-term investment returns increased 24% to £1.9 billion from £1.6 billion in 2009.[2]

Sales of Asian life insurance in 2010 were up 23% to £3.5 billion and margins increased to 58% from 57% in 2009.[2] Performance in Asia was driven by Indonesia (up 49%), Malaysia (up 40%), Hong Kong (up 19%) and Singapore (up 37%).[2]

In the U.S., sales of life insurance totaled £1.2 billion compared to £912 million in 2009, with profits rising 15% to £761 million.[2] Prudential took advantage of the extreme dislocation prevalent in the corporate bond market. Jackson has capitalized on the weakened competitive environment in the U.S. life insurance market and has emerged as one of the top three players in the variable annuity market in terms of sales and number two in terms of net flows.

In the UK, Prudential delivered total retail and bulk annuity sales of £820 million compared to £723 million in 2009 and new business profit of £365 million compared to £230 million in 2009.[2]

Trends and Forces

Growing demand for insurance and financial services in emerging Asian countries benefits Prudential

In recent years, Asia has been Prudential's main source of financial growth. The emerging markets of South-East Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore are particularly attractive. Distribution remains critical to Prudential's business in Asia, with its unique combination of proprietary agency distribution and bank partnerships continuing to deliver excellent results. Prudential is poised to take advantage of the growing wealth of the Asian middle class.[2]

The retirement of the Baby boomer generation represents a growth opportunity for Prudential's U.S. operations

In the United States, 78 million "baby boomers" are set to retire. Prudential is poised to benefit by offering retirement products, such as annuities, to these retirees.[2]

In the U.S., Prudential has maintained its focus on value over sales volume growth, ensuring sales are delivered at highly profitable margin levels. Additionally, the flight to quality during the 2008 Financial Crisis has allowed Prudential's U.S. business to increase sales volumes and market share. Prudential plans to increase its number of licensed agents in the U.S. and registered representatives to more than 130,000.[2]

Competition

Prudential, which competes primarily in the U.S., UK, and Asian markets, competes with large insurance and financial services companies from across the world such as MetLife (MET) and Lloyds Banking Group (LYG).

References

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