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Prudential Q4 income falls to $819m as company posts $374m loss for 2020

5th February 2021 - Author: Charlie Wood

Prudential has reported a fourth quarter 2020 net income of $819 million, down from the $1.128 billion achieved in the prior year quarter.

prudentialNet income in the current quarter included $1.2 billion of pre-tax net realized investment losses and related charges and adjustments, driven by losses on derivatives, and also includes $12 million from impairment and credit-related losses.

These losses were partially offset by $376 million of pre-tax gains related to market experience updates and $87 million of pre-tax net gains from divested and run-off businesses.

Q4 2020 after-tax adjusted operating income stands at $1.183 billion versus $915 million for the prior year quarter.

Fur the full year, Prudential fell to a net loss of $374 million versus a net income of $4.186 billion in 2019.

“As we reflect on the extraordinary events of 2020 and the ongoing global pandemic, we thank our employees for their continued dedication to fulfilling our company’s purpose of making lives better by solving the financial challenges of our changing world,” said Charles Lowrey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“During the fourth quarter, we continued to successfully execute against our 2020 priorities, paving the path for the acceleration of our strategy in 2021 and beyond.

“Looking ahead, we will continue our transformation by executing on our $750 million cost savings plan and by taking additional steps to increase our growth potential and reduce our market sensitivity. Over the next three years we plan to reallocate between $5 billion and $10 billion of capital with the intention of doubling the earnings contribution of our higher growth businesses and halving Individual Annuities.

“Backed by the strength of our rock solid balance sheet, we also plan to return approximately $10 billion of capital to shareholders via dividends and share repurchases during this time period. This includes the resumption of share repurchases in the first quarter of 2021, as part of our $1.5 billion authorization for the year.

“These changes will position Prudential to make a more meaningful difference in the financial lives of more people around the world, and to deliver attractive returns to our shareholders.”

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