British insurer Aviva aims to increase its dividend pay-out ratio next year and said on Wednesday it was confident of future growth despite Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
U.K. insurers' shares have been buffeted since the Brexit vote, as investors worry that the weakening value of insurers' investments will hit their capital positions under new European solvency rules.
Ahead of a capital markets day, Aviva said in a statement it planned to increase its dividend pay-out ratio - the proportion of earnings per share paid out in dividends - to 50 percent in 2017. The pay-out ratio was 42 percent in 2015.
Aviva's fund arm was one of three to suspend its U.K. commercial property fund this week, in the first sign of markets seizing up since Britain's vote to exit the European Union sent asset prices into a tailspin.
"Although it is too early to quantify the precise impact of Brexit, we are confident we can continue to grow," chief executive Mark Wilson said in the statement.
The 1.8 billion pound ($2.33 billion) property fund represented only a small part of the firm's assets under management, an Aviva spokesman said.