Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:
"The turnaround at Aviva is intensifying. We have focused the business on 'cash flow plus growth' and the benefits are starting to be reflected in our performance. Cash flows to the Group are up 40%, operating expenses are down 7%, operating profit is up 6% and Value of New Business is up 13%. After a £2.9 billion loss after tax last year, Aviva has delivered a £2.2 billion profit.
"Following our exit from a number of low margin, underperforming or non-strategic businesses, Aviva is simpler, more focused and better managed. We have significantly improved our capital surplus, increased our liquidity and have a stronger leadership team.
"Although we have made progress in 2013, I want to guard against complacency. Aviva still has issues to address. Have we made progress? Yes, some. Is it a little faster than anticipated? Probably. Have we unlocked the full potential at Aviva? Not yet."