Aviva Newsroom - 24 August 2011

Aviva plc Interim Results Statement

6 months to 30 June 2011
4 August 2011

A fitter, stronger Aviva poised for continued growth in UK and Europe

Strong operating Performance

  • Total operating profit up 5% to £1,337 million (HY10: £1,270 million); up 13% excluding impact of £84 million special distribution benefit in 2010
  • Operating profits in Europe up 21% to £525 million despite financial and economic difficulties in the eurozone
  • Operating earnings per share increased to 29.1 pence; total earnings per share of 4.1 pence are lower primarily as a result of unrealised Delta Lloyd investment variances
  • Pro forma MCEV NAV, including the impact of the sale of RAC, up 33 pence from FY10 to 575 pence per share at HY11
  • Group return on equity strong at 12.8% (FY10: 14.8% on a lower equity base) 5% increase in interim dividend to 10 pence

Beating targets

  • 14% life insurance new business internal rate of return (IRR), against a target of 12%*
  • 96% group combined operating ratio (COR), against a target of 97%*
  • £0.8 billion net operational capital generation in H1 towards the £1.5 billion FY11 target; now targeting between £1.5 billion and £1.8 billion in FY11
  • On track to deliver £400 million cost and efficiency savings by FY12

Leaner and fitter

  • Significant strategic delivery and strengthening of the balance sheet provide platform for further growth:
    • Sale of RAC at 17x earnings for £1 billion will realise significant shareholder value
    • Reduced shareholding and deconsolidation of Delta Lloyd raising £0.4 billion and further de-risking our balance sheet
    • Pro forma economic capital surplus, including the impact of the sale of the RAC, up 23% at £6.9 billion (FY10: £5.6 billion)

Andrew Moss, group chief executive, commented:
“This has been a successful six months. We are beating all our operational targets. Operating profits rose in the UK and have increased by 21% in Europe despite tough economic conditions."

“After recent disposals, Aviva is fitter, stronger and well-positioned to be the undisputed leader in the UK market and to build on our strong European franchises."

“Markets may well continue to be volatile, but our strong balance sheet and capital position underpins our confidence in our continued momentum and our plans for growth.”

* Excluding Delta Lloyd

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About Aviva plc

Aviva plc is the world's sixth-largest1  insurance group, serving more than 53 million2  customers across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Our main business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales of £47.1 billion and funds under management of £402 billion at 31 December 2010.2

We are the largest insurance services provider in the UK and one of the leading providers of life and general insurance products in Europe.2

1Based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2010
2Source: Aviva plc Annual Report and Accounts 2010

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