Additional disclosures

The following additional disclosures are made in compliance with the Companies Act 2006, the Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the Corporate Governance Codes.

Financial reporting

The directors have a duty to report to shareholders on the performance and financial position of the Group and are responsible for preparing the financial statements and the supplementary information. It is the responsibility of the auditor to form independent opinions, based on its audit of the financial statements and its audit of the EEV basis supplementary information; and to report its opinions to the Company's shareholders and to the Company. Its opinions are given in the Independent auditor's report to the members of Prudential plc and Independent Auditor's Report to Prudential PLC on the EEV basis supplementary information.

Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company and of the Group. The criteria applied in the preparation of the financial statements are set out in the statement of directors' responsibilities.

The directors are further required to confirm that the directors' report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business, with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties. Such confirmation is included in the statement of directors' responsibilities.

The Chief Financial Officer's Review includes a description of the Group's risk and capital management, which includes a description of the Group's liquidity position. These risks are also discussed in Note C to the financial statements. The Group has considerable internal and external financial resources and the directors believe that the Group is well placed to manage its business risks successfully.

The directors who held office at the date of approval of this directors' report confirm that, so far as they are each aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company's auditor is unaware; and each director has taken all the steps that he or she ought to have taken as a director to make himself or herself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the Company's auditor is aware of that information. This confirmation is given and should be interpreted in accordance with the provisions of Section 418 of the Companies Act 2006.

Going concern

After making enquiries the directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company and the Group have adequate resources to continue their operations for the foreseeable future. In support of this expectation, the Company's business activities, together with the factors likely to affect its future development, successful performance and position in the current economic climate are set out in the Business Review. The risks facing the Group's capital and liquidity positions and their sensitivities are referred to in the Chief Financial Officer's Review. Specifically, the Group's borrowings are detailed in Note H13, the market risk and liquidity analysis associated with the Group's assets and liabilities can be found in Note G2, policyholder liability maturity profile by business units in Notes D2, D3 and D4, cash flow details in the consolidated statement of cash flows and provisions and contingencies in Note H14. The directors therefore have continued to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.

Post-balance sheet events

Important events affecting the Company after the end of the financial year are detailed in Note I12.

Change of control

Under the agreements governing Prudential Corporation Holdings Limited's life insurance and fund management joint ventures with China International Trust & Investment Corporation (CITIC), if there is a change of control of the Company, CITIC may terminate the agreements and either (i) purchase the Company's entire interest in the joint venture or require the Company to sell its interest to a third party designated by CITIC, or (ii) require the Company to purchase all of CITIC's interest in the joint venture. The price of such purchase or sale is to be the fair value of the shares to be transferred, as determined by the auditor of the joint venture.

Essential contracts or arrangements

There are a number of significant relationships with third parties, which have value to the business. No single relationship, however, is considered to be essential to the Group as a whole.

Compensation for loss of office

None of the terms of employment of the Company's directors includes provisions for payment of compensation for loss of office or employment that occurs because of a takeover bid. Terms applying on a termination of their office are set out in the Directors' Remuneration Report. In the US, senior executives participate on a discretionary basis in a plan which entitles them to compensation, in the event that their employment is terminated or adversely affected as a result of a takeover.

Customers

The five largest customers of the Group constituted in aggregate less than 30 per cent of its total sales for each of 2010 and 2009.

For the year ended 31 December 2010, none of the directors of the Company, their associates or any shareholders of the Company (which have, to the knowledge of the directors of the Company, owned more than 5 per cent of the Company's issued share capital) had any interest in the Group's major customers.

 

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