Aug., 2012 – Aviva plc today announced its interim results for the first half of 2012. Operating profit (including restructuring costs) was down 10% to £935 million (HY11 £1,035 million) as a result of the
sale of RAC, adverse foreign exchange movements, the adverse impact of recent UK weather and higher restructuring
costs as we implement the strategic plan. Interim operating profit before restructuring costs was down 2% to £1,121
There was a net loss after tax of £681 million (HY11 profit after tax: £465 million). At the half year we concluded that it
was necessary to write down £876 million of goodwill and intangibles in our US business.
The interim dividend is held at 10p per share.
General insurance operating profit has marginally improved with a combined operating ratio of 95.5%. Life insurance
operating profit was lower overall, with stable operating profits in the UK, our largest market, offset by lower profits
from overseas, mainly from the eurozone.
Aviva’s capital position is ahead of full year 2011. At 30 June 2012 our group economic capital surplus was £4.5 billion
(ratio: c.140%) and the IGD solvency surplus was £3.1 billion (ratio: c.150%).
In July, we announced our revised strategic plan and execution is on track. The first priority remains to build Aviva’s
financial strength. In the second quarter we reduced our Italian sovereign bond holdings by just under €2 billion2. In July
we sold 21% of Delta Lloyd, bringing our holding below 20%. We expect to announce further progress in the delivery
of our plan in the second half of the year.
We have also committed to reduce the cost base by £400 million. We have already removed the regional layer of our
structure, reduced the number of management layers and have made substantive changes to promote a sharper
performance ethic across the group.
While this has been a challenging first half, we are taking the necessary actions to improve our position
going forward. This environment is likely to continue and therefore we expect second half performance trends to be
broadly similar to the first six months, but with higher restructuring costs as we implement our strategic plan.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada Inc. is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in Canada, providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance to more than three million customers. The group has more than 3,000 employees, 30 locations, 1,700 independent broker partners and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the world’s sixth-largest insurance group. For more information visit avivacanada.com.