Strategic partnership expands access of Indonesia’s growing middle class to financial protection and insurance solutions
JAKARTA, July 18, 2017 – CT Corp and U.S.-headquartered Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) (NYSE: PRU), have created a joint venture to provide life insurance solutions to a broad spectrum of people in Indonesia through a multi-channel distribution strategy, the companies announced today. Under the recently closed agreement, which has been approved by the OJK in Indonesia, PFI subsidiary Pruco Life Insurance Company has acquired a 49 percent interest in CT Corp’s wholly-owned life insurance subsidiary, PT Asuransi Jiwa Mega Indonesia.
“We’re pleased to partner with CT Corp, which controls one of Indonesia’s largest and most prominent business groups, as we enter this market for the first time to introduce our offerings and capabilities to serve the needs of the Indonesian market,” said Charles Lowrey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PFI’s International businesses. “The partnership advances our business growth strategy by expanding PFI’s international footprint into an attractive market with long-term growth potential, low insurance penetration and a well-developed regulatory environment.”
Lowrey added, “We believe CT Corp’s customer reach and strong brand presence, together with PFI’s longstanding insurance and asset management expertise—supported by our operational and technological processes, product innovation, risk management and talent—will expand options for Indonesia’s growing middle class to gain financial protection for their families.”
The joint venture agreement closed on July 3, 2017.
As a global leader in financial protection, retirement and asset management, PFI’s businesses work toward to making long-term financial security a reality for millions of people around the world. The company serves retail and institutional customers in more than 40 countries worldwide, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and India. As of Dec. 31, 2016, the company had approximately $3.7 trillion of gross life insurance in force worldwide, including Closed Block policies.
Chairul Tanjung, chairman and founder of CT Corp highlighted that “the need for life insurance is increasing as disposable income, life expectancy and financial literacy improves in Indonesia. PFI’s strong products and operational capabilities combined with CT Corp’s extensive presence and deep understanding of the local market will help provide better protection to our people and in turn strengthen the social and economic potential of Indonesia.”
Founded in 1987, CT Corp is the largest Indonesian consumer-focused company, managing more than $10 billion in assets and more than 100,000 employees. The group is a leading player in the financial services, media, retail, property, lifestyle and entertainment sectors in Indonesia.
Indonesia has the third largest population in Asia and the fourth largest population globally with average annual GDP growth of 5.3 percent over the last 15 years. While life insurance premiums in the country are projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent between 2015-2020, penetration remains relatively low at 1.3 percent of GDP, which is one-third the penetration in Malaysia and half the penetration in India.
PFI is a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of March 31, 2017, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The company’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., the company’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information about PFI, please visit news.prudential.com
Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI), of the United States, and its subsidiaries are not affiliated in any manner with Prudential plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom.
About CT Corp
CT Corp is Indonesia’s leading integrated consumer-focused business group. Primary areas of focus include financial services, media, retail, property, lifestyle, and entertainment. The group operates some of the country’s leading television stations, banks, insurance companies, online portals, hotels, theme parks, malls, travel agencies, fashion and F&B retail businesses. Its prominent businesses include Bank Mega, the largest Visa credit card issuer; Carrefour and TransMart, the largest hypermarket player; Trans TV and Trans 7, two leading free-to-air channels; TransVision, the #2 DTH pay TV provider; and Detik.com, the #1 online portal in Indonesia. The group is also the largest private shareholder of Garuda Indonesia, the country’s flagship carrier. For more information about CT Corp, please visit: http://www.ctcorpora.com.