RSA share price: Group posts full-year results
RSA Insurance (LON:RSA) has this morning updated investors on its full-year performance, announcing a surge in profits and hiking its dividend.
**Highlights from the company statement:**
2015 operating profit of £523m, up 43% on 2014 (up 57% at constant exchange)
Underwriting profit up 437%. Post-tax profit up 221%. Final dividend 7p/share, up 250%
Record1 current year underwriting profits, despite UK floods. Good prospects of substantial further improvement. Performance targets and ambitions raised
Stephen Hester, RSA Group Chief Executive, commented:
“2015 was a year of major achievement for RSA. As a result, the turnaround phase of our Action Plan is largely complete and we have good prospects of substantial further performance improvement.
“RSA is now a strong and focused international insurer with leadership positions in the UK, Scandinavia and Canada. The Group’s strategic restructuring will complete in 2016 as remaining contracted disposals close. The power of increased simplicity and focus is already helping drive better performance. RSA is well placed for a bright long-term future.
“In 2015, we delivered both value and risk reduction from successful disposals, Solvency II approval and a positive UK pension agreement. We delivered strong and pleasing improvements in core business performance, with plenty more to come. We showed the promise of our customer offering, winning our largest new partnership agreement with Nationwide Building Society for their UK home insurance business.
“We are today increasing our annual gross cost savings target to over £350m by 2018 and raising our underlying return on tangible equity expectation to the upper half of our 12-15% target range by 2017 with further improvement to come thereafter. We see 2016 as the last major restructuring year with disposals and balance sheet work completing and the heavy lifting of core business improvement and cost reduction action continuing. We expect challenging markets and to rely on self-help to progress. Despite these headwinds we face the future with determination and confidence.”
**More to follow…**
As of 07:11 GMT, Thursday, 25 February, RSA Insurance Group plc share price is 394.50p.