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Accounting changes hit Friends Provident

Market punishes life insurer as accounting policies take their toll

Life Insurer Friend’s Provident saw its share price drop 6% to 175p as its
interim pre-tax profits fell 77% as a result of accounting assumptions at the
group.

The company said the fall was a result of changes to its accounting, which
last lifted profits but failed to have a similar impact on the current period’s
results.

IFRS pre-tax profits at the group were down 77% to £48m, reflecting a 45%
write-down at F&C Asset Management. Operating profits for the half-year were
9% lower at £247m.

Chief executive Keith Satchell maintained that the results were good despite
the dip in profits.

‘If you take out the positive one-offs for last year then the underlying
trend is upwards,’ he told the FT.

Read more about the impact of IFRS on insurers here  

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