Prudential Financial Inc.
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Prudential seemed to be conscious of its social responsibility from the time it was set up. The very idea behind starting the company was to offer insurance services to people with limited means by collecting premiums on a weekly basis. The company also supported many civic causes. In 1933, more than 1000 employees of Prudential joined a parade organized by workers of many companies in Newark. The parade was organized to support the National Recovery Administration, one of the programs initiated by the then president of the US Franklin Roosevelt in an attempt to alleviate the Great Depression...
Prudential's consolidated revenues increased to $27.177 billion in 2001 from $26.504 billion in 2000. The gross written premiums increased from $10.18 billion in 2000 to $12.477 billion in 2001. The company reported a loss of $154 million in 2001 compared to a net income of $398 million in 2000(Refer Exhibits IV and V). The closed block business reported lower revenues of $7.728 billion in 2001 compared to $8.729 billion in 2001. It reported a net loss of $456 million in 2001 as against a profit of $87 million in 2000. The financial services business of Prudential Financial reported revenues of $19.625 billion in 2001, compared to $17.885 billion in 2000...
Outlook for the Global Insurance Industry
The global insurance industry was being influenced by several external factors including new distribution channels to market insurance products, consolidation and globalization of insurance companies, rapidly developing technology, and new laws and regulations. In the late 1990s, insurance companies around the world believed that the size of the company influenced market power and helped in reaping the benefits of economies of scale in the insurance industry. Industry watchers felt that a huge capital base was necessary to achieve global dominance and to establish a presence in all the lines of highly competitive insurance industry...
Exhibit I: Stock Price Chart: December 2001 - July 2002
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