For the period ended 30 June 2023, the company’s profit before tax attributable to shareholders was $1.17bn versus a loss of $1.35bn last year.
Adjusted operating profit rose 4% to $1.46bn from $1.41bn in the year-ago period.
The insurer’s IFRS earnings per share declined to $34.5 from $55.1 in H1 2022.
The new business profit rose 36% to $1.48bn from $1.09bn in H1 2022.
The company attributed the rise in this profit to 17 of its life markets experiencing growth.
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Annual premium equivalent (APE) sales were $3.02bn, a surge of 42% from $2.2bn in the first half of the previous year.
Prudential declared the first interim dividend of 6.26 cents per share compared with 5.74 cents per share last a year earlier.
The company also updated its strategy to establish a sustainable growth platform by making investments in growth markets in Asia and Africa.
Prudential CEO Anil Wadhwani said: “The interim results demonstrate the power of our multi-engine, multi-channel business model across Asia and Africa.
“Our agency channel has rebounded strongly in all segments as Covid restrictions ended, reporting an 89% growth in new business profit on an ex-economics basis.
“We have today announced that we will do things differently in the way we run Prudential. With a clear strategy and operational and capital allocation priorities, we are focused on delivering sustainable value for all our stakeholders: employees, customers, shareholders and our communities.”