The Board of Directors of AIA Group Limited (“AIA”; or the “Company”; stock code: 1299) is pleased to announce that AIA has delivered excellent results for the year ended 30 November 2015.
Strong growth in value of new business (VONB) (on a constant exchange rate basis)
Robust operating profit growth (on a constant exchange rate basis)
Strong cash flow and capital position
Significant increase in recommended final dividend
Mark Tucker, AIA's Group Chief Executive and President, said:
“We are delighted to have delivered another excellent performance in 2015, with VONB growth of 26 per cent on a constant exchange rate basis, which provides the clearest picture of our operating performance during periods of exchange rate volatility. Our strong results are once again the outcome of our robust and highly diversified business model with the right distribution platforms and product portfolios in the right markets, backed by our market-leading brand and financial strength.
“The Board has recommended an upward rebasing of the final dividend by 50 per cent to 51.00 Hong Kong cents per share, bringing the total dividend for 2015 to 69.72 Hong Kong cents per share. This significant dividend uplift is a direct result of the sustained success of our strategy to deliver strong profitable growth, through investing capital at attractive returns in quality new business with increased capital efficiency. It also demonstrates our tremendous confidence in AIA's future growth prospects.
“Despite the recent volatility and uncertainty in global financial markets, Asia remains the most attractive and dynamic region for life insurance in the world. The life insurance industry continues to benefit from significant structural economic and demographic trends, rapid urbanisation and growth in disposable incomes across the region. We are confident that AIA's leading businesses across Asia provide us with an advantaged position as we help millions of people around the region to live longer, healthier lives and plan for a brighter future.
“We enter 2016 with strong momentum and well placed to continue achieving our ambitions. The growth opportunities ahead of us are significant and our focus is on executing our proven strategy by providing quality products and services to our customers and generating sustainable value for our shareholders.”
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AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – whollyowned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 26 per cent joint venture in India and a representative office in Myanmar and Cambodia.
The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$168 billion as of 30 November 2015.
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).