News releases 2017

18 May 2017

Solvency and Financial Condition Report and update on current trading

Prudential plc (“Prudential”) is today holding its Annual General Meeting. Prudential has also today published its 31 December 2016 Solvency and Financial Condition Reports on the Group’s website.

Performance highlights for the first quarter of 2017 on a constant (and actual) exchange rate basis

  • Group new business profit1 of £856 million, up 25 per cent2,3 (up 42 per cent4)
  • Broad-based growth in Asia, with new business profit1 up 26 per cent2,3 (up 45 per cent4) to £561 million
  • US separate account assets up 5 per cent5 to $157 billion; UK PruFund assets up 11 per cent5 to £27.5 billion
  • Asset management external net inflows of £5.7 billion from M&G and Eastspring
  • Group shareholders’ Solvency II surplus6 estimated at £12.4 billion; equivalent to a cover ratio of 198 per cent

Prudential has made a strong start to the year. The first three months of 2017 have seen continued positive momentum across the Group, building on the improving trends experienced in the second half of 2016. On a constant exchange rate basis, Group new business profit1 increased by 25 per cent2,3 (42 per cent on actual exchange rates), driven by Group APE sales growth of 18 per cent2,3 (33 per cent on actual exchange rates) and the overall positive effect of higher interest rates.

In Asia, we have seen continued strong, diversified growth. New business profit1 was up 26 per cent2,3 due to higher volumes and improvements in mix, with health and protection new business profit1 increasing by 31 per cent2,3.

New business performance in the period benefited from further increases in active manpower and productivity improvements in the agency channel, together with a pick-up in volume growth from all of our core bancassurance partners.

In China, continued momentum from agent recruitment, strong growth in the bank channel and increased focus on health and protection sales have seen new business profit more than double. In Hong Kong, double-digit growth in new business profit reflects similar underlying drivers, partially offset by our decision to de-emphasise sales through the broker channel. In Indonesia, sales levels are consistent with prior year and we continue to focus on improving the quality of our agency business. In Singapore, we are seeing broad growth across product and channel, while in Malaysia, we continue to build on our market-leading positions in both the conventional and takaful markets.

Eastspring’s improving investment performance has continued to support external net inflows, which totalled £2.0 billion in the first three months of 2017. Combined with positive market effects, this contributed to a 9 per cent5 increase (12 per cent on actual exchange rates) in external assets under management to £42.7 billion as at 31 March 2017 (31 December 2016: £38.0 billion). Total assets under management increased to £128.8 billion7 over the period (31 December 2016: £117.9 billion).

The Group confirms it completed the sale of its life insurance subsidiary in Korea, PCA Life Insurance Co. Ltd., to Mirae Asset Life Insurance Co. Ltd. for consideration of KRW170 billion (equivalent to £117 million8).

In the US, we believe current regulatory developments play to Jackson’s established strengths and represent a significant opportunity to access new asset pools, both within the existing $2 trillion variable annuity market and the wider adviser distributed market where assets worth an additional $14 trillion have to date been unpenetrated by variable annuities.

In the first three months, Jackson has continued to attract positive separate account net flows, totalling $1.3 billion. Including the favourable impact of market movements, separate account assets increased 5 per cent5 to $157 billion (31 December 2016: $149 billion). Total APE sales were up 19 per cent2, reflecting a modest increase in variable annuity sales to $4.5 billion and a higher level of opportunistic institutional business.

Jackson is well-prepared for the introduction of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary standards, the applicability of which has now been delayed 60 days to 9 June 2017. We remain focused on working with our key distributors, confident in the strength of our product proposition in the evolving regulatory landscape.

In UK Life, we are gaining share in our chosen market segments, particularly in the emerging retirement savings marketplace, where Prudential’s distinctive product offering is closely aligned to consumer needs post pension reforms and complements our established expertise, market position and distribution capabilities. Reflecting these competitive strengths, APE sales of our PruFund-backed product range were up 33 per cent in the first three months, with PruFund assets under management up 11 per cent since the start of the year to £27.5 billion.

In asset management, M&G has seen net inflows from both retail and institutional investors, totalling £3.6 billion. This result builds on the improvements in investment performance that emerged towards the end of 2016. As a result and combined with positive market effects, external assets under management increased 5 per cent5 to £144 billion at 31 March 2017. Including assets managed on behalf of Prudential’s insurance businesses, M&G’s total assets under management are £275 billion as at 31 March 2017, an increase of 4 per cent5. M&G announced in March that it is to set up a new legal structure and SICAV fund range in Luxembourg and a commitment to launch a new family of Luxembourg SICAV funds by March 2019, ensuring that non-UK consumers retain access to the full range of existing retail investment strategies regardless of the outcome of the trading relationship between the UK and the European Union.

The estimated Group shareholders’ Solvency II capital surplus at 31 March 2017 was £12.4 billion6, equivalent to a shareholder solvency ratio of 198 per cent (31 December 2016: £12.5 billion, 201 per cent). Solvency II surplus benefited from operational capital generation, net of market effects, of £0.7 billion and is reported after the 2016 second interim ordinary dividend of £0.8 billion.

Solvency and Financial Condition Report

Prudential has also today published its 31 December 2016 Group Solvency and Financial Condition Report and related Quantitative Reporting Templates. In addition, The Prudential Assurance Company Limited (“PAC”) has published its corresponding ‘solo’ entity regulatory report and templates.

The regulatory templates require the shareholder Solvency II position to be consolidated with the Solvency II position of ring-fenced funds without recognising the surplus in the ring-fenced funds, and are presented before recalculation of transitional measures. On this regulatory basis, as at 31 December 2016, the Group shareholder Solvency II surplus was £12.9 billion and the UK PAC shareholder Solvency II surplus was £5.1 billion. This regulatory consolidation requirement excludes Solvency II surplus of £3.9 billion in the Group’s ring-fenced funds.

Outlook

Prudential’s strategy remains centred on the favourable structural opportunities in its three key regions of Asia, the US and the UK. We continue to focus on the build-out of our execution capabilities from a strong base, meeting growing demand from customers for our products and enhancing the growth prospects of the Group.

We are making good operational progress across our businesses and continue to benefit from the scale and diversity of our business platform. Prudential is extremely well-capitalised and remains highly capital-generative.

We are well positioned to continue to deliver value for both our customers and our shareholders.

  1. New business profit on business sold in the period, calculated in accordance with EEV principles as defined in our Annual Report.
  2. Year-on-year percentage increases are stated on a constant exchange rate basis unless otherwise stated.
  3. Following its reclassification to held for sale during 2016, new business results exclude the contribution of the Korea life business.
  4. Growth rate on an actual exchange rate basis.
  5. Percentage growth rate compared to 31 December 2016.
  6. The Group Solvency II surplus represents the shareholder capital position excluding the contribution to Own Funds and the Solvency Capital Requirement from ring fenced with-profits funds and staff pension schemes in surplus. The estimated solvency position includes the impact of recalculated transitionals at the valuation date, which has reduced the Group shareholder surplus from £12.9 billion to £12.4 billion. The formal Quantitative Reporting Templates (Solvency II regulatory templates) include transitional measures without this recalculation.
  7. Eastspring total assets under management include assets managed for internal life operations and money market funds.
  8. KRW/GBP exchange rate of 1,451 at 17 May 2017 closing rate. The consideration is denominated in KRW.

Enquiries:


Media

 


Investors/Analysts

 

Jonathan Oliver

+44 (0)20 7548 3537

Raghu Hariharan

+44 (0)20 7548 2871

Tom Willetts

+44 (0)20 7548 2776

Richard Gradidge

+44 (0)20 7548 3860

 

 

William Elderkin

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Notes to Editors:

2017 financial calendar
2017 half-year results: 10 August 2017
2017 investor conference: 16 November 2017

 

New business performance Q1 2017 year to date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actual Exchange Rate

 

Constant Exchange Rate

 

Q1 2017 £m

Q1 2016 £m

Change %

 

Q1 2016 £m

Change %

 

APE Sales

New Business Profit

APE Sales

New Business Profit

APE Sales

New Business Profit

 

APE Sales

New Business Profit

APE Sales

New Business Profit

Asia

1,070

561

801

386

34

45

 

920

444

16

26

US

497

224

362

154

37

45

 

418

178

19

26

UK retail

340

71

275

62

24

15

 

275

62

24

15

Total Group

1,907

856

1,438

602

33

42

 

1,613

684

18

25

Asset management external funds under management

 

2017 £m

 

2016 £m

 

Q1

 

Q1

 

Actual Exchange Rate

 

Actual Exchange Rate

 

At 1
January 2017

Net flows

Market and other movements

At 31 March 2017

 

At 1 January 2016

Net flows

Market and other
movements

At 31 March 2016

M&G Retail

64,209

3,098

1,463

68,770

 

60,801

(4,108)

2,232

58,925

M&G Institutional

72,554

544

2,200

75,298

 

65,604

751

2,363

68,718

Total M&G

136,763

3,642

3,663

144,068

 

126,405

(3,357)

4,595

127,643

Eastspring

38,042

2,021

2,595

42,658

 

30,281

(84)

606

30,803

Total asset management

174,805

5,663

6,258

186,726

 

156,686

(3,441)

5,201

158,446

 

Reconciliation of 31 December 2016 Group Solvency II capital position published in the Annual Report to the Solvency and Financial Condition Report

 

Own Funds

SCR

Surplus

Ratio

 

£m

£m

£m

%

Group shareholder Solvency II capital position as disclosed in the Annual Report

24,810

12,327

12,483

201%

Remove impact of recalculating transitionals

376

(79)

455

 

Group shareholder Solvency II capital position

25,186

12,248

12,938

206%

Ring fenced funds consolidation of own funds limited to SCR*

5,997

5,997

-

 

Group Solvency II capital position as disclosed in regulatory templates

31,183

18,245

12,938

17 1%

* On consolidation, own funds of £ 9.9 billion in ring-fenced funds are restricted by £3.9 billion, to the £6.0 billion of solvency capital requirements that these own funds are covering

 

Reconciliation of 31 December 2016 UK PAC Solvency II capital position published in the Annual Report to the Solvency and Financial Condition Report

 

Own Funds

SCR

Surplus

Ratio

 

£m

£m

£m

%

UK PAC shareholder Solvency II capital position as disclosed in the Annual Report

12,00 6

7,363

4,64 3

163%

Remove impact of recalculating transitionals

376

(79)

455

 

UK PAC shareholder Solvency II capital position

12,38 2

7,284

5,09 8

170%

Ring fenced funds consolidation of own funds limited to SCR

5,924

5,924

-

 

UK PAC Solvency II capital position as disclosed in regulatory templates

18,30 6

13,208

5,09 8

139%

 

Basis of Preparation
Period-on-period percentage increases are stated on a constant exchange rate basis unless otherwise stated. All amounts are comparable to the three months ended 31 March 2016 unless otherwise indicated.

 

Average Rate *

 

Closing Rate

Local Currency: £

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

% Change**

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

% Change**

Hong Kong

9.62

11.12

16%

 

9.72

11.15

15%

Indonesia

16,541.10

19,346.26

17%

 

16,662.87

19,058.60

14%

Malaysia

5.51

6.00

9%

 

5.53

5.61

1%

Singapore

1.75

2.01

15%

 

1.75

1.94

11%

US

1.24

1.43

15%

 

1.25

1.44

15%

*Average rate is for the 3 month period to 31 March.
** Change represents the appreciation of local currency against GBP.

 

The valuation of EEV new business profit for the first three months of 2017 represents post-tax profit determined under the methodology as set out in our 2016 Full Year Financial Report. The non-economic assumptions applied are consistent with those at 31 December 2016 other than for the reduction in the UK corporation tax rate to 17 per cent effective from 1 April 2020, for which the impact on new business profit is not material.

 

The key economic assumptions are as follows:

 

 

 

Risk discount rate %

 

Government bond yield %

 

 

 

31 Mar 2017

31 Mar 2016

 

31 Mar 2017

31 Mar 2016

Asia operations:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong2

3.8

3.3

 

2.4

1.8

 

Indonesia

11.0

11.7

 

7.2

7.8

 

Malaysia

6.7

6.3

 

4.2

3.8

 

Singapore

4.1

3.5

 

2.3

1.8

US operations: Variable Annuity1

6. 8

6. 3

 

2.4

1.8

UK operations:3,4

4.6

5.1

 

1.6

2.0

  1. For Asia and US operations the risk-free rates shown are 10-year government bond yields.
  2. For Hong Kong the assumptions shown are for US dollar-denominated business.
  3. For UK business, following the implementation of Solvency II on 1 January 2016, the risk-free rate is based on a yield curve.
  4. Mostly relates to with-profits business.

The Solvency II estimate at 31 March 2017 has been prepared on a consistent basis with that set out in the 2016 Annual Report under ‘Additional Unaudited Financial Information’ Section II (c), which should be read in conjunction with the ‘Risk Factors’ also set out in the 2016 Annual Report.

About Prudential plc

Prudential plc and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups, serving around 24 million insurance customers. It has £599 billion of assets under management (as at 31 December 2016). Prudential plc is incorporated in England and Wales and is listed on stock exchanges in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.

Forward-Looking Statements

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