Earnings News

U.K.’s Aviva Reports 6% Increase in Operating Profit for 2014

Aviva plc, in the midst of buying Friends Life Group Ltd. for $8.6 billion, increased its shareholder payout for 2014 by 30 percent as the insurer reported higher profit. The final dividend was lifted to 12.25 pence per share, taking …

U.K.’s Direct Line 2014 Profit Misses Estimates on Less Premiums Written

Direct Line Insurance Group plc reported 2014 pretax profit that missed analyst estimates as the British home and car insurer wrote less premiums. Pretax profit for continuing operations rose 12 percent to 456.8 million pounds ($702.8 million) in the year to …

Amlin, Hiscox Say They Plan to Remain Independent Amid Flurry of M&As

Lloyd’s of London insurers Amlin plc and Hiscox Ltd. both said they have enough scale to stay independent and see no need to find a buyer amid a flurry of deals in the industry. Both insurers reported lower full-year pretax …

Ireland’s FBD Holdings Reports Worse-Than-Forecast Operating Loss, Weak Outlook

FBD Holdings plc plunged in Dublin trading after the Irish insurer’s full-year results missed its own downgraded forecast and its operating profit outlook for 2015 fell short of analysts’ expectations. FBD declined 14 percent to 10.50 euros at 9:35 a.m., …

Old Mutual’s Full-Year Profit Falls 8% on Currency Fluctuations

Old Mutual plc, Africa’s biggest insurer, said 2014 profit fell after the average rate of the South African rand weakened 18 percent against the pound. Net income from continuing operations declined to 902 million pounds ($1.39 billion) from 980 million pounds …

Hong Kong-Based AIA Group Beats Estimates With 22% Jump in Profit

AIA Group Ltd., the third-largest Asia-based insurer by market value, posted a bigger-than-expected 22 percent increase in full-year profit, led by business growth in China and Hong Kong. Net income climbed to $3.45 billion, or 28.73 cents a share, in …

RSA’s Restores 2014 Profit and Dividend; CFO Plans to Step Down

RSA Insurance Group plc reported its first full-year profit since Stephen Hester took charge, restoring dividends after a string of asset sales and cost-cutting measures. Pretax profit was 275 million pounds [$425.9 million], compared with a loss of 244 million pounds …

Allianz Profit Drops as Gross’ Exit Spurs PIMCO Asset Outflows

Allianz SE reported an unexpected decline in fourth-quarter profit as the exit of Bill Gross at Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) spurred clients to withdraw assets. The shares fell the most in five months. Net income fell to 1.22 billion …

Brit Chief Says Excess Capital Will Spark More Mergers & Acquisitions

Brit plc Chief Executive Officer Mark Cloutier said an excess of insurance industry capital will force more executives to sell or merge their companies. Cloutier said Brit’s planned $1.88 billion sale to Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which was …

AXA Posts 12% Increase in 2014 Profit Led by Life & Savings Division

AXA SA, France’s largest insurer, reported a 12 percent jump in full-year profit, buoyed by its life and savings division. The shares rose. Net income climbed to 5.02 billion euros ($5.7 billion) from 4.48 billion euros a year earlier, AXA …