Standard & Poor’s raises Allianz Worldwide Care rating to A+

  Standard & Poor’s raises Allianz Worldwide Care rating to A+

     Strong operating performance contributes to upgraded credit profile

Business Wire

DUBLIN -- October 15, 2012

Allianz Worldwide Care’s financial strength rating has been raised from A
Stable to A+ Stable by Standard & Poor’s. This rating upgrade, which follows a
recent review, is primarily based on the company’s continued improvement in
operating performance whilst gaining scale from significant year-on-year
growth of over 20%, despite unfavourable global economic conditions. Allianz
Worldwide Care is a leading global provider of international private medical
insurance for employees, individuals and their dependants, wherever they are
in the world.

Standard & Poor’s decision also reflects Allianz Worldwide Care’s strategic
importance to its parent company, Allianz SE, and an expectation that it would
sustain its positive performance in the future.

Ron Buchan, Chief Executive of Allianz Worldwide Care, said: “This upgrade to
A+ is hugely encouraging news for the team at Allianz Worldwide Care at a time
when we are maintaining dynamic levels of growth. The improved rating
demonstrates our market stability and reflects the sound decisions the
management team has made for the business.

“The Standard & Poor’s rating will enhance the confidence and trust brokers,
clients and regulators already have in Allianz Worldwide Care. Central to our
success is the fact that every member of our highly skilled team embraces a
client-focused approach and the service levels provided fully reflect this
ethos. As a direct consequence, we have consistently maintained a client
retention rate of 95% or above. This, together with today’s announcement, puts
us in an excellent position going into 2013.”

The upgrade to A+ Stable also highlights Standard & Poor’s view that Allianz
Worldwide Care will maintain its strong position in key markets, including the
UK and Germany, whilst growing its global reach and diversifying into new
markets, particularly those with high growth potential.

Allianz Worldwide Care which is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland has more than
doubled its staffing levels over the past three years, to over 680 employees.
2012 saw the opening of two new offices in Belgium and China, to support the
company’s growing client base as it continues to extend its geographical


About Allianz Worldwide Care

Allianz Worldwide Care specialises in providing international health insurance
for employees, individuals and their dependants, wherever they are in the
world. As an A+ rated (Standard & Poor’s), wholly owned subsidiary of AA rated
Allianz SE, the company is able to draw on the resources and expertise of one
of the world’s leading insurers and financial services providers.

From a range of in-patient, out-patient and dental benefits, clients can
create a comprehensive international healthcare plan that suits their needs,
including both long term and short term assignments.

Allianz Worldwide Care was the first international health insurance provider
to offer a 48-hour turnaround on submitted medical claims, under its “Clear to
Zero” claims handling initiative. With a 95% client retention rate and a
client base that includes many of the Fortune Global 500 companies, Allianz
Worldwide Care continues to build a reputation for service excellence in
international healthcare.


Colleen Brayshaw
Tel: +44 (0)207 932 1872
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