AMP Limited

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AMP Limited
Public
Traded as ASXAMP NZX: AMP
Industry Finance
Founded 1849
Headquarters Sydney, Australia
Key people
David Murray (Chairman)
Mike Wilkins (CEO)
Products Financial services
A$972 million (December 2015)[1]
Total assets $110.4 billion (2015)[2]
Owner HSBC (30%)
JP Morgan (13%)
CitiGroup (8%)
(July 2018) [3]
Number of employees
5,400 (December 2014)
Divisions AMP Capital
AMP Financial Services
AXA Asia Pacific
Website www.amp.com.au

AMP is a financial services company in Australia and New Zealand providing superannuation and investment products, insurance, financial advice and banking products including home loans and savings accounts. AMP shares are included in the Australian Securities Exchange's S&P/ASX 50 index. Its headquarters are in Sydney, Australia.

The Australian Mutual Provident Society was formed in 1849 as a non-profit life insurance company and mutual society. In 1998, it was demutualised into an Australian public company, AMP Limited, and listed on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges.

AMP has one of Australia’s largest shareholder registers, with most shareholders living in Australia and New Zealand. This is because when the society demutualised, all policy holders received shares in the new company.

In 2003, the company demerged its UK operations, creating the Henderson Group.

Operations[edit]

AMP Building and AMP Centre, Sydney

The company provides financial planning and advice, banking, life insurance, managed funds, superannuation, property, listed assets and infrastructure. It is Australia's largest retail and corporate superannuation provider, and is the largest life risk business in Australia. One of AMP's subsidiaries, AMP Capital, is the aligned wealth manager, with more than A$128 billion[4] in assets under management, making it one of the largest asset managers in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) region.

AMP has four main business areas:

  • Advice and banking provides financial planning and advice, superannuation services for businesses, and selected banking products. These products and services are primarily distributed through a network of self-employed financial planners. AMP has been granted a [MySuper] authority, enabling it to continue to receive default superannuation contribution from 1 January 2014.
  • Insurance and superannuation provides superannuation, personal risk insurance products and self-managed super fund administration, support and design. These products and services are primarily distributed through a network of self-employed financial planners
  • Customer solutions
  • AMP Capital is one of Asia Pacific's investment managers.

History[edit]

AMP Building in Warwick, Queensland, 2015
"Amicus" statue group on the AMP Building in Warwick

David Jones was a foundation director in 1848.[5] George King was chairman for fifteen years from the 1850s.[6] Richard Teece was general manager and actuary from 1890 and a director from 1917 to 1927.[7]

The Australian Mutual Provident Society was formed in 1849 as a non-profit life insurance company and mutual society. In 1998, it was demutualised into an Australian public company, AMP Limited, and listed on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges. In 2003, the company demerged its UK operations, creating the Henderson Group.

Many of the older AMP buildings are now heritage-listed and feature the "Amicus" statue group. The central figure in the statue group is the goddess of Peace and Plenty, holding a palm branch (signifying peace) and a cornucopia (symbolising plenty). The male figure of Labour sits to her left and also holds the cornucopia, while the figures of the wife and the child sit on the goddess's right under her palm branch. Under the statue is AMP Society's Latin motto "Amicus certus in re incerta" ("A certain friend in uncertain times").[8]

AXA merger[edit]

On 15 November 2010, AMP announced a bid to merge its business with AXA Asia Pacific Holdings. The transaction was a joint proposal with AXA SA under which AXA SA would acquire AXA Asia Pacific Holdings's Asian business' and AMP would acquire AXA's Australian and New Zealand business.

The Australasian holdings included the former National Mutual business (established in 1869) which was demutualised in 1996. AXA had gained majority ownership of National Mutual in 1999 and renamed the company as AXA Asia Pacific.[9][10]

The first day of the merged group operating together was 31 March 2011, with the companies to be gradually integrated and the AXA brand being phased out of the Australian and New Zealand market by 2013.

Royal commission (2018)[edit]

On 20 April 2018 Craig Meller resigned as CEO after it was revealed in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry that AMP charged clients for financial advice which was not provided, and misled the Australian Securities & Investments Commission on numerous occasions.[11][12] More than $1 billion in market value was stripped from AMP shares as news of the company's failings were revealed before the Royal Commission.[13] In the wake of revelations at the banking royal commission and his resignation from AMP, Meller resigned as a financial services adviser to the Turnbull government.[14]

On 30 April 2018, Catherine Brenner resigned as chairperson with Mike Wilkins appointed acting CEO and chairperson.[15]

On 8 May 2018, directors Vanessa Wallace and Holly Kramer announced they would not be seeking re-election, in response to an imminent protest vote organised by the shareholders in the aftermath of the Banking Royal Commission. Patty Akopiantz also announced she would be resigning at the end of the year.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://media.amp.com.au/phoenix.zhtml?c=219073&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2139851
  2. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.marketindex.com.au/asx/amp
  4. ^ as at 31 December 2012
  5. ^ Walsh, G. P. (1967). "Jones, David (1793 - 1873)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  6. ^ Rutledge, Martha. "King, George (1814–1894)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ Bennett, J. M. "Teece, Richard (1847–1928)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  8. ^ "General Notes". Sydney Morning Herald. NSW: National Library of Australia. 22 August 1911. p. 3. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  9. ^ Axa Asia Pacific Holdings Limited Archived 5 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Intelligent Investor 2011.
  10. ^ The company formerly known as National Mutual Archived 30 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Marcus Wong. 21 June 2011.
  11. ^ "AMP CEO quits after shocking revelations at the banking royal commission". SBS News. 20 April 2018. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  12. ^ Letts, Stephen (20 April 2018). "AMP boss Craig Meller steps down, company apologises after scandals revealed at banking royal commission". ABC News. Australia. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  13. ^ Gardner, Jessica (20 April 2018). "AMP in drastic action, Craig Meller exits immediately, Mike Wilkins acting CEO". Financial Review. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (30 April 2018). "Ex-AMP CEO Craig Meller resigns as a Turnbull government adviser". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  15. ^ Catherine Brenner steps down from the board Archived 30 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine. AMP Limited 30 April 2018
  16. ^ Letts, Stephen (8 May 2018). "Three more AMP directors leave in wake of bank royal commission scandal". Archived from the original on 8 May 2018.

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