Prudential Plc News

Growing Number of UK Insurers Cancel Dividends Amid COVID-19 Concerns

British insurers canceled more than 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) of dividends on Wednesday, in moves welcomed by the Bank of England which had cautioned the sector about the risk of heavy costs from the spread of the coronavirus. Aviva, …

UK’s Prudential to Buy Thai Bancassurance Partnership from FWD Group

Prudential Plc, the UK insurer besieged by activist investor Third Point, has agreed to acquire a bancassurance partnership in Thailand from FWD Group Ltd. in a 24.5 billion baht ($753 million) deal. Prudential’s Thai unit will buy the exclusive rights …

Global Regulators Delay, Rethink ‘Too-Big-to-Fail’ Designation for Insurers

Global insurance regulators will put off singling out insurers deemed so important to the financial system that they are required to hold extra capital, in a victory for companies such as American International Group and Prudential. The International Association of …

Singapore Lender UOB Reviews Non-Life, Life Bancassurance Businesses: Sources

Singapore lender United Overseas Bank Ltd. is reviewing its insurance business, including an existing partnership with Prudential Plc, after Southeast Asia witnessed a wave of lucrative distribution deals, people familiar with the matter said. UOB has been soliciting ideas from …

China’s Ping An Insurance Profits Rise 34% in First Half, Biggest in 10 Years

Ping An Insurance Group Co of China , the country’s largest insurer by market value, on Tuesday reported its biggest half-yearly profit in at least a decade on robust customer growth. The results underline strength in Ping An’s business versus …

China’s Tech-Focused Insurer Ping An May Be Poised for Major Asian Growth Leap

China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. has 23,000 research staff, 500 big-data scientists and spends billions of dollars a year on R&D. Last year, it attracted 46 million new customers, equivalent to the population of Spain — almost all of …

Allianz, AXA Bid for Rights to Sell Products via StanChart Outlets in Asia: Sources

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, and France’s AXA SA were among first-round bidders for the rights to distribute general insurance products through Standard Chartered Plc outlets in Asia, according to people with knowledge of the matter. A unit of MS&AD …

Kenyan Insurers Face New Capital Rules Which Could Lead to Market Shakeout

A push by Kenyan regulators to clean up the East African country’s insurance industry is poised to trigger stake sales or exits by underwriters unable to meet the new capital requirements, according to an industry group. Most companies missed a …

Global, Diversified Multiline Insurers Best Placed to Withstand Challenges: S&P

Global, diversified insurers are best positioned to withstand the industry’s top economic and competitive challenges, according to a report published by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Geographic and product diversification help global multiline insurers (GMIs) cope with challenges such as …

Inclusion on List of Too-Big-to-Fail Insurers May Alter Business Strategy: Fitch

A change to the list of globally systemically important insurers (G-SIIs) suggests the potential for being added to or removed from the list could play a significant role in setting strategy for some major insurers, according to Fitch Ratings. The …