In the third quarter of 2011, Allianz maintained revenues at a high level and achieved a solid operating profit. At the same time, it preserved its strong capital base despite the downturn of equity markets and the ongoing sovereign debt crises.
Allianz Group recorded total revenues of 24.1 billion euros, coming just 1.8 percent below the level from the third quarter of last year. When adjusted for currency conversion and consolidation effects, revenues for the Group rose by 0.2 percent.
Operating profit of 1.906 billion euros was off by 7.3 percent compared to the year before but remains on target. The decline in the result was largely due to lower investment results in Life and Health insurance compared to 2010. In Property and Casualty insurance operating profit remained stable, while Asset Management continued its successful path and again increased its operating profit.
Quarterly net income stood at 258 million euros, compared to 1.3 billion euros the year before. Non-operating impairments amounted to 931 million euros, in particular from investments in the financial sector and from Greek sovereign debt. In addition, the effective tax rate of Allianz Group surged to 60 percent, up from 34.4 percent in last year’s third quarter as impaired investments were largely excluded from tax consideration.
Allianz maintained its capital strength: The regulatory solvency ratio stood at 179 percent, almost unchanged from 180 percent at the end of the second quarter. Shareholders’ equity increased by 2.2 percent to 43.564 billion euros during the same period.
“All market participants have to face the uncertainty and high volatility of the capital markets. Because of our solid operating results and unwavering capital strength, Allianz is well able to withstand this adversity,” said Oliver Bäte, Chief Financial Officer of Allianz SE. “We remain committed to achieving our operating profit target for 2011 of 8.0 billion euros, plus or minus 0.5 billion euros.”
Property and Casualty insurance segment steady
In Property and Casualty insurance business, gross premiums written in the third quarter increased by 2.2 percent to 10.8 billion euros from 10.6 billion euros over the same period last year. Internal growth was 4.2 percent.
Higher premiums in the US, UK, Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region offset declines in other markets, specifically in Germany and Reinsurance. Most of this growth stemmed from crop insurance in the US where higher commodity prices drove up revenues.
Operating profit remained robust at 1.111 billion euros, only 1.0 percent lower compared to 1.122 billion euros in the third quarter of 2010.
The expense ratio improved to 27.1 percent, down from 28.4 percent last year. However, an unusually high level of natural catastrophes added 4 percentage points to the accident year loss ratio. This resulted in a combined ratio of 97.6 percent compared to 97.1 percent in the previous year, while the run-off ratio of 3.6 percent also remained similar to 3.4 percent in 2010.
“Even though we again experienced an above-average burden from natural catastrophes, our Property and Casualty insurance business continued its stable development in the third quarter,” said Oliver Bäte. “This is a clear demonstration of the balance and robustness of our portfolio.”
Life and Health insurance segment showing stable demand for traditional products
The Life and Health insurance business was strongly influenced by uncertainty in the financial markets. Statutory premiums reached 11.8 billion euros compared to 12.6 billion euros in the same quarter the year before. The decline of 6.0 percent is entirely attributable to investment-oriented products. Premiums for traditional life products, on the other hand, achieved the previous year’s level of 5.6 billion euros.
Premium volume grew in most major European markets or maintained at least last year’s level; in Asia and the US the volume declined primarily due to one-off effects.
Operating profit stood at 520 million euros, 20.6 percent down from 655 million euros in the third quarter the year before. This decline is due to the net investment result which was lower by 224 million euros.