* CFO says company on track to meet targets
* 228 mln hedging loss drags on profit
* H1 revenue up 4.4 pct on comparable basis
PARIS, Aug 2 Europe's No. 2 insurer, AXA, said
on Friday its first-half net income edged 1 percent lower on a
like-for-like basis, as a 228 million euro ($302 million)
accounting loss on interest rate hedging instruments offset
AXA's net income fell to 2.47 billion euros from 2.54
billion in the year-ago period - a 3 percent drop on a reported
basis. Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S had forecast net income of 2.34
billion euros, based on an average of two analysts' forecasts.
In addition to the hedging loss, the quarter was also hit by
118 million euros from restructuring costs in the U.S. and an 86
million euro negative impact from discontinued operations,
including the sale of a portfolio of old U.S. life insurance
policies, the company said.
Adjusted return on equity improved to 16.5 percent, above
the company's 15 percent target in its multiyear business plan
"We're on track to meet our financial targets for the 2015
timeframe," Chief Financial Officer Gerald Harlin told
First-half revenue rose 4.4 percent on a comparable basis to
50.04 billion euros, helped by a 5 percent gain in life and
savings and a 2 percent uptick in property and casualty, mainly
driven by price increases.
AXA's asset management business, including U.S. unit
AllianceBernstein reported a 12 percent revenue gain.
AXA said separately that its board next year would ask
shareholders to re-appoint Henri de Castries, its chairman and
chief executive, to another four-year term.
AXA shares have surged about 25 percent so far this year,
outperforming the European sector, which is up 14
percent, helped by signs of higher interest rates and catching
up from a two-year period when they had substantially