The Prudential is heading back to the pensions buy out environment with a deal worth around GBP350 million to pick up some of the Rank pension scheme.
The deal is expected to be confirmed next week when the interim results of the Prudential will be announced. Under the terms of the agreement the Prudential will take on the duty of paying the pensions of existing recipients of pensions through Rank.
There are around 10,000 people currently on the books,all of whom will in future receive their pension payments from the Prudential. This is a market that they used to be strong in but moved away from a couple of years ago to focus on their core business.