Aviva Plc rallied to its highest in more than five years after profit beat analysts’ estimates and Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson said he planned to restore bonuses at the U.K.’s second-biggest insurer by market value.
Prudential Plc rose as much as 3.9 percent in London trading, the most in four months, after the Times reported the company’s biggest shareholder is in talks with investors about a possible breakup of the insurer.
Tidjane Thiam kept his job after he tried and failed to buy Prudential Plc when he was strategy director at Aviva Plc . Now that he’s Prudential’s chief executive officer, he can’t afford to fail again.
RSA Insurance Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Simon Lee quit after the company warned for the third time in six weeks that profit will be lower as it injected more capital into Ireland amid an accounting probe.
Prudential Plc said it plans to generate at least 10 billion pounds ($16 billion) in cash in the four years through 2017, raising speculation the U.K.’s largest insurer by market value may increase its dividend.
Prudential Plc ’s attempt to cut the price of its $35.5 billion takeover of American International Group Inc. ’s main Asian unit failed, leaving the biggest purchase in the U.K. insurer’s history on the verge of failure.