The new Prudential has no European business. It will exclusively be focused on Asian and US operations. The UK business was listed separately. Without the mature markets, the growth potential of Prudential is important in Asia, boosted by the low penetration rate. In the US, and after two years of adaptation to the new regulatory framework, the business should benefit gradually from its diversification strategy.
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Prudential announced an operating profit of £2,024m (up 14% like-for-like and 21% as reported) for its continuing operations, excluding M&GPrudential. Even the profitability of the “new” Prudential is driven by Asian operations. The demerger of the group is expected to be completed in Q4 19.
M&GPrudential announced its strategy a few months before the expected split of the insurer. The insurer will be structured into business units: Savings & Assets management and Heritage. While a development strategy will be implemented in the first BU, the large With-Profit business of the Heritage unit will be closed to new customers and managed by a specialised company (Diligent). The earnings and the capital position of M&GPrudential are likely to be fragile and would depend on the updates for
Prudential announced operating profit of £4,827m (up 6% lfl) and net profit at £3,013m (up 30% lfl). Like other UK Life insurers, Prudential benefited from new longevity assumption changes (£441m). The Asian business was the major contributor to earnings (c. 38%) as the US operations were hit by equity market movements. The demerger process is progressing well. The insurer announced African acquisitions in Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Togo, but we do not expect a significant impact on the group’s f
Prudential announced operating profit of £2,405m (up 9% lfl). All business units posted improved earnings: +14% for Asia (£1,016m), USA (+2% to £1,002m) and M&G Prudential (+4% at £778m). The planned demerger of M&G Prudential from the group, which will result in two separately-listed companies, is progressing well. The insurer’s status of a good dividend payer is confirmed with an interim dividend of 15.67p/share, up 8%.
Prudential announced operating profit of £4,699m (up 6% lfl) and net profit at £2,390m (up 24% lfl). It also announced a major event: the demerger of M&G Prudential from Prudential plc. to focus on regions with extreme rapid growth. M&G will have the opportunity to improve its profitability through more control over its capital allocation. The insurer’s status of a good dividend payer should be kept thanks to the cash generated by the retained businesses.
Prudential’s 9M 17 Life new business profit increased by 17% to £2,469m. The Asian business posted a growing new business profit increase of 15% lfl (up 24% as reported) to £1,616m. APE sales increased by 5% (up 14% as reported). Eastspring AuM reached £44.3bn. In the USA, Jackson’s new business profit increased by 17% (up 28% as reported) to £619m. In the UK & Europe, M&G Prudential delivered external asset management net inflows of £9.9bn. In addition, continued demand for risk-managed solutio
Prudential announced an IFRS operating profit of £4,256m, up 7% at AER (-2% at CER) relative to 2015. The major contributor to operating profit is the US division (£2,030m), while the Asian and UK businesses stood at £1,644m and £828m, respectively. EEV new business profit grew by 18% to £3,088m: £2,030m (+18% yoy) from Asia, £790m (-2% yoy) from the US and £268m (+33% yoy) from the UK. APE sales increased by 16% to £6,320m, led by Asia (+33% yoy at £3,599m) and the UK (+33% yoy to £1,160m). In
Prudential is recovering on markets with a 3-month performance of more than 7%. Despite the sharp decrease in H1 16 EPS (-52% to 26.9p), IFRS operating profit is positive with a 6% decrease at CER to £2,059m. EEV new business profit grew by 8% to £1,260m. The group’s underlying free surplus generation increased by 13% to £1,609m and cash remitted by business units rose by 5% to £1,118m. Regarding the performances of the business units, the British insurer continued to perform well in the US mark
Mixed messages from UK and EU governments already highlight a potential for on-going political risk, with any sector volatility accentuated by Solvency II. With significant value in the sector we would look to now buy shares with strong fundamentals to be confirmed by upcoming results.
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We have repositioned the portfolio, price targets and ratings to allow for accentuated regulatory risk from on-going capital market volatility.
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Prudential announced an IFRS operating profit of £4,007m, up 22% at CER. The major contributor to operating profit is the US division (£1,691m), while the Asian and UK businesses stood at £1,209m and £1,167m, respectively. EEV new business profit grew by 20% to £2,617m. All business units contributed to this growth, with £1,490m (+28 yoy) from Asia, £809m (+8% yoy) from the US and £318m (+23% yoy) from the UK. APE sales increased by 17% to £5,607m, led by Asia where APE sales were 26% higher at
We expect a solid set of results next week, with the Asian businesses demonstrating the resilience of Prudential’s distribution and product model in the region in the face of market volatility. We reduce our price target in line with the rest of the sector, however, we retain out BUY rating.
Prudential recorded 9M 15 new business profit of £1,764m, +13% on a CER basis (+17% on an AER basis). Double-digit growth was also observed in new business APE sales in Life insurance in Asia (+27% to £2,021m) and the UK (+26% to £613m), however there was a 5% decline in the US to £1,278m.
In Asia, new business profit increased by 24% to £976m at CER (+26% at AER), driven by APE sales growth. For Q3, APE sales increased 20% to £655m. Concerning the asset management business, Eastspring Investm
Prudential announced an IFRS operating profit of £1,881m in H1 15, up 17% at CER. EEV new business profit grew by 12% to £1,190m. The group’s underlying free surplus generation increased by 12% to £1,418m and cash remitted by business units rose by 10% to £1,068m. Regarding the performances of the business units, the British insurer continued to perform well in the US market, focusing on variable annuities with an operating profit of £834m. In the UK, there was a 25% improvement in APE sales to
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Group consolidated Funds Under Management “FuM” of US$11.3bn at the end of April 2021 is up 4.0% year to date (Dec20: US$10.9bn).
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As midsummer’s day looms (where has this year gone?), there is greater optimism, in general, than may have been anticipated a few months ago. A post-pandemic, ‘vaccine-driven’ recovery demonstrated by increased consumer spending as lockdown measures are lifted has been one of the catalysts. The FTSE 100 has been range-bound in the last month 6,900-7,100. We have seen a combination of broadly positive company results across a range of sectors, further examples of M&A activity and a sequence of ne
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HgCapital Trust (HGT) posted a strong NAV TR of 8.4% in Q121, driven primarily by double-digit earnings growth across the portfolio (LTM EBITDA for top 20 holdings up 30% y-o-y). After record-high transaction volumes in FY20 (investments at £403m and realisations at £364m), HGT has maintained a high transaction activity to date in 2021 (£147m and £112m, respectively). Its coverage ratio was a healthy 69% at 12 May 2021, supported by tap equity issues, which totalled c £50m to 8 June 2021 (versus
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Hipgnosis Songs Fund (SONG LN) has today released a trading update and published an unaudited NAV of $1.6829 (122.5p) as at 31 March 2021 vs $1.5114 (116.7p) as at 31 March 2020. This is an increase of 11.3% (in US$ terms – to which the company changed its reporting currency back in October 2020), and a TR of 15.7%, giving a TR of 40.7% since inception in July 2018. The growth in the “Operative NAV” is 9.4% on like-for-like uplift in fair value catalogues which has been driven various factors: t
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Liontrust has delivered exceptional growth and there is much to be optimistic about, yet it continues to trade on an unexceptional 14x Mar-22e PER. We are expecting no surprises at Finals later this month after a post-period update in late May and supportive markets since. There is opportunity across the fund range (including the established Sustainable strategy) with continuing growth from flows and performance, and potential in recent acquisitions; set against compelling market dynamics. Liont
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Avation is a lessor of 45 aircraft to a diversified airline client base of 19 commercial airlines across 15 countries. This morning, the group has provided a solid trading update to 31 March 2021, which points to a continued focus on managing the collection of customer revenue, with rent collections and overall cashflow having improved since the end of H1 2021. The remarketing of the eight returned ATR aircraft has also continued, while net debt reduced by $51.6m in Q3 FY 2021E to $988.1m, with
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Trident reports that Moxico Resources Plc has recently completed a US$73m equity financing. The proceeds will be used to fast-track development of the Mimbula copper mine in Zambia over which Trident holds a royalty. Mimbula is already producing copper and is in the ramp up stage, but the cash injection will allow Moxico to produce cathode copper onsite via the construction of a new SX-EW plant and Moxico anticipates a significant increase in copper production. As a royalty holder, Trident will
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OCI hosted its annual Capital Markets (CM) day on 18 May 2021.With presentations from Oakley Capital and investee companies, as well as Q&A, including the OCI board, it gave a clear view of the prospects of the organisation. We have argued in previous notes that OCI’s outperformance (five-year CAGR NAV total return 16%) is driven by i) high-growth companies and sector champions enjoying structural tailwinds and often digital disruption benefits (2020 average 20% EBITDA growth), ii) repeatable an
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AVO’s goal is to deliver an affordable and novel PT system, called LIGHT, based on state-of-the-art technology developed originally at the world-renowned CERN. Over the past two years, important technical milestones have significantly derisked the project. Now, AVO is working on the verification and validation phase, prior to LIGHT being used on the first patients to support CE marking. In its recent technical update, the company highlighted progress made over the past three months towards a ful
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Finsbury Growth & Income Trust (FGT) is managed by Nick Train, one of the founding partners of boutique investment firm Lindsell Train. He is optimistic on the current outlook for UK equities, all the more so given several years of relative underperformance; in particular, the manager believes that global investors are underestimating the level of technological innovation within the UK corporate sector. While FGT’s relative performance has lagged that of its peers and the UK market in recent mon
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Urban Logistics REIT (“ULR”) has delivered a watershed year: doubling the portfolio with a disciplined approach focusing on value-add opportunity through reversion and regear. Finals show rental income doubling from acquired assets, with recurring EPS in line with our forecast. EPRA NAV was 6% ahead of N+1Se, as valuation yields tightened. The manager has secured a further c.£150m pipeline of similarly attractive assets. We make a modest upgrade to EPRA NAV on better valuation. We see sustained
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Trident Royalties Plc (AIM: TRR) has, this morning, noted progress at the Mimbula Copper Project, over which Trident holds a gross revenue royalty (GRR). Mimbula's owner and operator, Moxico Resources Plc, recently completed a US$73million equity financing which will be used to develop and build a standalone SX-EW plant. We have also updated our production assumptions for the Thacker Pass Lithium Royalty based on comments by Lithium Americas Corp. (NYSE/TSX:LAC) in their Q1 2021 results last mon
Today’s upbeat FY21 prelims from equipment rental specialist Vp provided further evidence of its industry leading status, especially in terms of earning quality, ROCE and cashflow. Posting a better than expected adjusted PBT (pre IFRS16) & diluted EPS of £23.3m & 45.9p on sales of £308m, alongside providing a “positive” outlook. Indeed in our opinion, the group’s through-cycle durability justifies a sector premium, thanks to its consistent returns, adoption of all-things digital and exposure to
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