Why Prudential PLC (PUK) Stock is a Compelling Investment Case

Third Point recently released its Q2 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of 10.8% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 20.5% in the same quarter. You should check out Third Point’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Third Point highlighted a few stocks and Prudential Plc (NYSE:PUK) is one of them. Prudential Plc (NYSE:PUK) is a life insurance company. Year-to-date, Prudential Plc (NYSE:PUK) stock lost 15.0% and on August 7th it had a closing price of $31.79. Here is what Third Point said:

“Prudential plc stock performed well in the Second Quarter, gaining 18% as concerns over Prudential’s U.S. business, Jackson National, waned and management proved the efficacy of Jackson’s robust hedging program. However, the volatility in the shares over the past few months has confirmed our view that accurate price discovery by the market will prove elusive unless Jackson National is held in a separate corporate entity from Pru Asia.

We were pleased by the Board’s recent announcement of a combined equity investment and reinsurance transaction between Jackson and Athene, a leading annuities company affiliated with Apollo Global Management. Athene will reinsure Jackson’s $28 billion fixed and fixed indexed annuities portfolio, as well as make a $500 million anchor equity investment in Jackson in exchange for an 11.1% economic stake. We believe that this transaction is an important step towards full separation of Jackson and Pru Asia. It increases capital levels at Jackson to be more in‐line with standalone publicly traded peers, a critical consideration for regulators and ratings agencies when evaluating an independent U.S. business. It also puts a floor valuation mark on Jackson equity from a respected market player ahead of a standalone listing.

We continue to advocate for expeditious action in our constructive dialogue with management and the Board. We are confident that an independent Jackson can unlock significant value by closing the still‐large complexity discount in the stock. When Prudential’s fast‐growing Asia business becomes a pure‐play, investors will better appreciate this high‐quality business, leading to significant multiple expansion. We look forward to an update on the company’s restructuring plans on its August 11 earnings call.”

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In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Prudential Plc (NYSE:PUK)  stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Prudential Plc (NYSE:PUK)  isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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