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Talanx publishes medium-term growth targets
Hannover, 17 April 2013
Today, Talanx AG published medium-term strategic growth targets for the first
time. Over a period of 3 to 5 years, the Group is aiming to increase the
Group's net income by an average of 10 percent each year. The improved result
is to be primarily achieved through profitable premium growth, cost savings and
an improved combined ratio. "When we take a look back at some time in the
future, we want to be able to see annual growth of 10 percent on average. We
regard this as a challenging but achievable target for the next years," said
Herbert K. Haas, Chairman of the Board of Management of Talanx AG, at the
Capital Markets Day held by the company in Hannover.
The company is forecasting average premium growth of at least 10 percent a year
for the Retail International Division over the medium term. The combined ratio
is supposed to be a maximum of 96 percent (2012: 96.2 percent).
Premium income for the Industrial Lines Division is forecasted to grow on
average between 3 and 5 percent each year, the combined ratio should not exceed
the favourable level of 96 percent (2012: 95.1 percent). The retention rate of
currently 46 percent is to be expanded to an average of 60 to 65 percent. This
will reduce the expenditure on reinsurance premiums.
The Retail Germany Division will contribute to the planned increases in
earnings by cost savings and the resulting improvement in combined ratio. The
objective is for the combined ratio to come down to 97 percent or lower (2012:
100.6 percent). Gross premium income will remain stable or increase slightly
and hence follow the general sector trend in Germany.
According to the plans, non-life reinsurance will increase its premiums over
the medium term by an average of 3 to 5 percent, the premiums for life and
health reinsurance will go up by an average of 5 to 7 percent.
These targets are subject to the condition that major claims remain in line
with expectations and that no turbulence occurs in the currency and capital
markets. The goal of paying out 35 to 45 percent of the Group's net income in
accordance with IFRS as dividend remains unchanged.
The Capital Markets Day is being broadcast on the Internet at www.talanx.com.
With premium income of EUR 26.7 billion (2012) and more than 22,000 employees,
Talanx is one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. The
Hannover-based Group is active in some 150 countries. Talanx operates as a
multi-brand provider with a focus on B2B insurance. The Group's brands include
HDI, the global industrial insurer HDI-Gerling, Hannover Re, one of the world's
leading reinsurers, Targo Versicherungen, PB Versicherungen and Neue Leben, the
latter all specialized in bancassurance, and the financial services provider
AmpegaGerling. The takeovers of TU Europa and TUiR Warta S.A. have now made
Poland the second core market of Talanx. The rating agency Standard & Poor's
has given the Talanx Primary Group a financial strength rating of A+/stable
(strong) and the Hannover Re Group one of AA-/ stable (very strong). Talanx AG
is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the MDAX (German Securities Code:
TLX100, ISIN: DE000TLX1005).
You can find additional information by going to www.talanx.com.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements which are based on
certain assumptions, expectations and opinions of the Talanx AG management.
These statements are, therefore, subject to certain known or unknown risks and
uncertainties. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond Talanx AG's
control, affect Talanx AG's business activities, business strategy, results,
performance and achievements. Should one or more of these factors or risks or
uncertainties materialize, actual results, performance or achievements of
Talanx AG may vary materially from those expressed or implied in the relevant
Talanx AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such
forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does Talanx AG accept any
responsibility for the actual occurrence of the forecasted developments. Talanx
AG neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update or revise these
forward-looking statements in light of developments which differ from those
Talanx publishes medium-term growth targets
Information according to Section 80 of the German Corporation Act: Address:
Talanx AG, Riethorst 2, 30659 Hannover
Supervisory Board: Wolf-Dieter Baumgartl (Chairman)
Executive Board: Herbert K. Haas (Chairman), Dr. Christian Hinsch (Deputy
Chairman), Torsten Leue, Dr. Thomas Noth, Dr. Immo Querner, Dr.
Heinz-Peter-Roß, Ulrich Wallin
Registered Office: HR Hannover B 52546
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