SOURCE: Prudential plc

May 19, 2006 02:14 ET

Prudential Plc Presentation On The Group's Asset Management Businesses

LONDON, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2006 --Embargo: 07.15 Friday 19 May 2006


Prudential plc is hosting a presentation for investors and analysts today starting at 08.00am (BST) covering the Group's asset management businesses: M&G, PPM America and its asset management operations in Asia.

The Group's asset management businesses have shown strong growth over the past year:

   - Total net inflows in 2005 were GBP5.2 billion, an increase of 
     58 per cent on 2004
   - Total external funds under management had grown to 
     GBP46 billion at the end of 2005
   - M&G achieved record net sales of GBP3.9 billion in 2005
   - Net inflows in both Japan and Korea were more than 
     GBP900 million in 2005 as the Group continued to develop 
     rapidly in Asia

This sales growth is underpinned by excellent investment 
   - 41 per cent of M&G's funds were in the top quartile over 
     the last three years
   - 24 per cent of M&G's funds were in the top decile over the 
     last three years
   - In Asia, 64 per cent of mutual funds outperformed their 
     benchmark or were in the upper half against their peer 
     group over three years. In addition, Asia has had award 
     winning performance in India, Korea and Malaysia.

Despite UK equity market levels remaining broadly the same between 2001 and 2005, the asset management businesses produced pre-tax operating profits in 2005 of GBP195 million, almost double that in 2001. This was equivalent to a CAGR of 18 per cent and demonstrates the quality and sustainability of these businesses, and their ability to generate cash flow for the Group.

The momentum seen in 2005 has continued into the first quarter of 2006:

   - M&G's net flows were up 38 per cent on the first 
     quarter in 2005
   - In Asia net flows were up almost 150 per cent on the 
     first quarter in 2005
   - In the first quarter of 2006 total asset management 
     profits across the group were GBP58 million.
In addition to this outstanding contribution to the Group, asset management also adds significant value to the Group's life businesses through its investment expertise, demonstrating excellent investment performance across all asset classes.

With increasing trends towards open architecture, greater product portability and greater transparency, Prudential's asset management businesses are well positioned for further profitable growth.

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Notes to Editor:
1.   A presentation to analysts will take place at 8.00am 
     (BST) at Governor's House, Laurence Pountney Hill, London, 
     EC4R 0HH. An audio cast of the presentation will be available
     on the Group's website, . The 
     presentations will be available at 
     from 9.30am BST.

2.   A media briefing on the Group's Asset Management 
     businesses will be held at 2pm today at Governor's House. 
     To attend please call Joanne Doyle on 020 7548 3708


Media                                 Investors / analysts
Jon Bunn                020 7548 3559 James Matthews   020 7548 3561
William Baldwin-Charles 020 7548 3719 Marina Novis     020 7548 3511
Joanne Doyle            020 7548 3708

About Prudential

Prudential plc is a leading international financial services group, providing retail financial services and fund management in its chosen markets: the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia and continental Europe.

Prudential has been writing life insurance in the United Kingdom for over 150 years and has had the largest long-term fund in the United Kingdom for over a century. Today, Prudential has over 16 million customers worldwide and over GBP234 billion (as of 31 December 2005) of funds under management.

In the United Kingdom Prudential is a leading life and pensions provider offering a range of retail financial products. M&G is Prudential's UK & European Fund Manager, with around GBP149 billion of funds under management (as of 31 December 05). Jackson National Life, acquired by Prudential in 1986, is a leading provider of long-term savings and retirement products to retail and institutional customers throughout the United States. Egg provides banking, insurance and investment products through its internet site

Prudential is the leading European-based life insurer in Asia with operations in 12 markets as well as funds management businesses in 9 of those 12 markets.

*Prudential plc, a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for over 150 years and has GBP234 billion in assets under management, (as at 31 December 2005). Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc, a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.

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