22 Apr 2008

Prudential plc hosts investor and analyst visit in Asia

Prudential plc is hosting a two day visit to Hong Kong and Indonesia for investors and analysts on 22 and 23 April 2008 covering the Group’s Asian operations.

Prudential’s Asian life and retail fund management businesses have achieved significant, sustained and profitable growth for over a decade. In 2007, embedded value operating profit before tax from the region exceeded £1 billion for the first time.

With continuing strong growth and the increasing scale of the in-force business the region accounted for 54 per cent of the Group’s new business profit and 41 per cent of the Group’s life embedded value operating profit in 2007.

Asian life new business APE increased by 44 per cent in 2007 and was up 30 per cent in the first quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.

The fund management business increased operating profit by 53 per cent in 2007 to £72 million and is now a material contributor to the Group.

As a sign of the Group’s ongoing confidence in our growth prospects across the region we announced at our 2007 preliminary results in March that we expect to deliver, one year earlier than previously stated, on our target of at least doubling 2005 new business profit by 2009. Achieving this target would represent a compound annual growth rate in Asian new business profit of over 25 per cent between 2005 and 2008.

Importantly, as each of our businesses in the region continues to develop the contribution of Asia to the Group’s IFRS operating profit will increase.

We are confident that the combination of the enormous and growing market opportunity in Asia and our advantaged platform will deliver material gains in performance in terms of profitable growth, statutory profit and cash.

Barry Stowe, Chief Executive, Prudential Corporation Asia said:

"Asia is evolving in unprecedented ways with significant and positive implications for our business. Prudential's platform in Asia is unique in terms of its scope, scale and capabilities. We have a proven track record of delivering on our commitments, both financial and strategic, and we will continue to deliver strong growth that outperforms the competition."

Please visit our website to view:

  • Interviews with Barry Stowe, Chief Executive, Prudential Corporation Asia and Sandeep Malik, Chief Financial Officer, Prudential Corporation Asia which will be available from 07.00 UK time on 22 April.
  • Presentations from sessions on 22 April 2008 in Hong Kong which will be available from 07.00 UK time on 22 April.
  • Presentations from sessions on 23 April 2008 in Indonesia which will be available from 07.00 UK time on 23 April.

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William Baldwin-Charles 020 7548 3719 Jessica Stalley 020 7548 3511

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