18 Aug 2011

AMP NZ result down due to quake

8:36 pm on 18 August 2011

Half year profits at AMP's New Zealand arm fell by almost a third, due to the Christchurch earthquake and a challenging domestic environment.

AMP Financial Services New Zealand has reported an operating profit of $NZ28 million for the six months to June - 32% less than the same period a year earlier.

Meanwhile, parent company AMP reported a slightly improved underlying profit of $A455 million, which includes a contribution of $A61 million from AXA, which it merged with in late March.

AMP chief executive Craig Dunn says it's been a challenging period for the New Zealand operations.

Operating expenses in New Zealand rose 13% to $35 million, as marketing, employment and IT costs rose. AMP Financial Services also spent money supporting advisers in the Christchurch region.

Shares in AMP rose 14 cents to $5.35 on Thursday.