Avivas(LSE: AV) recovery over the past few years has been impressive. Indeed, after reporting a loss of 11.2p per share during 2012, the companys profit is expected to jump this year, with City analysts predicting earnings per share of 47.9p for 2014, followed by earnings per share of 50.9p during 2015.
Whats more, Avivas recovery has reached the stage where the group is now searching for opportunities to boost growth. One of the regions where Aviva has been traditionally under-represented is Asia.
For example, the company has250bn in assets spread across 15 countries but only a single-digit percentage of these assets is located within Asia. Specifically, within Asia the firm has4.1bn in assets under management.
To try and attract more investor interest, Aviva is looking to expand its wealth management offering, within Asia. As part of this drive, the company will launch several new investment funds, some of which will be focused on mainland China.
China is the place to be for wealth management. 40,000 new millionaires were created within the country during 2013 and on average, the countrys millionaire population is expanding by around 3.5% per annum, thats nearly 35,000 new millionaires being created every year.
In theory this should be a great move for Aviva. Peer, Prudentials move into Asia catapulted the companys earnings higher and turned the group into the global insurance behemoth it is today. Avivas Asian ambitions could do the same for the company.
As Aviva moves from the recovery to growth stage,RSA Insurances(LSE: RSA) recovery is gaining traction. The company announced today that while premiums written by the group fell 9% during the third quarter, headline profit benefited from198m of disposal gains. Its likely that the value of premiums written by the company fell due to disposals.
RSAs recovery is being led by former RBS boss,Stephen Hester who has moved quickly to shore up RSAs balance sheet, exit unprofitable markets and reshuffle the companys management team. Commenting on todays results,Mr Hester stated that:
The building blocks to support RSAs recovery are coming together. Since H1 we announced new disposals in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Italy. The disposals of Noraxis, and our businesses in Poland, Lithuania and Estonia have completed, booking strong gains
AsRSAs recovery takes shape, City analysts believe that the company can return to growth next year. Indeed, City figures suggest that RSAs earnings per share will jump 19% to 36.1p during 2015. That being said, earnings per share are expected to contract by 13% this year. But still, 2014 has been a transformational year for RSA.
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