Prudential may break up with potential mega deal – report

Sale of a division could prompt the insurer to split into separate operations in the UK, US and Asia

Insurance News

By Louie Bacani

Prudential has reportedly started reviewing its annuities business, a move that could result in the sale of the division and, possibly, the break-up of the industry giant.
The Times reported that Prudential UK and Europe insurance CEO Clare Bousfield, who joined from Aegon in October, is spearheading the review of the business.
According to the report, a potential sale could trigger the split of Prudential into separate operations in the UK, US and Asia, the newspaper claimed.
Apart from the annuity business, Prudential may also look into the sale of its insurance unit in Britain, the report added.
“The question is whether they will sell the annuities business or the whole UK insurance operation,” The Times quoted an unnamed source as saying.
The paper noted that Prudential has been considering the break-up for years. The sale of its annuities business or UK insurance operation will leave the company with only its asset management division in Britain.
In November, Prudential told investors that it was examining ways to improve asset allocation, The Times reported. Earlier this year, the insurer also withdrew from offering annuities on the open market and stopped writing new bulk business corporate pension schemes.
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