• Asian growth continues to drive strong Group performance
  • Asia new business profit up 20 per cent year-to-date to £990 million
  • M&G net inflows of £8.9 billion with third party FUM up 19 per cent to a record £124 billion
  • Disciplined execution in the US with new business profit 11 per cent higher at £756 million
  • UK retail new business profit resilient despite impact of regulatory changes

Tidjane Thiam, Group Chief Executive, said:
“As we get closer to the end of 2013, the Group has continued to make good progress in the third quarter. In Asia, our life business increased new business profit by 20 per cent in the first nine months. Our growth in Asia is supported by a number of key long-term fundamentals: a fast-growing and increasingly wealthy middle class, a positive demography i.e a young population, rising urbanisation, high savings rates, strong demand for accumulation and protection products and low insurance penetration. Our third quarter performance illustrates that these positive long-term fundamentals are not affected by short-term financial market fluctuations. The scale and quality of our distribution and our product suite put us in a strong position to capture the savings and protection opportunity in our target Asian markets.

“In the US, we continue to successfully execute our diversification strategy, with nearly a third of our variable annuity sales now accounted for by variable annuities without living benefit guarantees, led by increased sales of our Elite Access product. In the UK, our life business continues to focus on driving value over volume, while M&G has built on the momentum of the first half of the year, generating net inflows of £5.1 billion in the third quarter and increasing external funds under management to £124 billion, 19 per cent higher year on year.

“We remain on track to achieve our 2013 ‘Growth and Cash’ objectives. In Asia, our focus on meeting the long-term savings and protection needs of a rapidly growing and increasingly wealthy middle class remains a key driver of resilient and sustainable profit growth. Our US and UK businesses remain focused on delivering earnings and cash.”

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