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DGAP-News: Allianz SE: Allianz finishes financial year 2013 with good results

DGAP-News: Allianz SE: Allianz finishes financial year 2013 with good results 

DGAP-News: Allianz SE / Key word(s): Final Results
Allianz SE: Allianz finishes financial year 2013 with good results

27.02.2014 / 06:59

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*Revenues up 4.1 percent to 110.8 billion euros
*Operating profit grows 7.8 percent to 10.1 billion euros
*Net income attributable to shareholders rises 14.6 percent to 6.0 billion
euros
*Solvency ratio of 182 percent
*Proposed dividend of 5.30 euros per share, an increase of 18 percent
*Operating profit outlook for 2014: 10.0 billion euros, plus/minus 500
million euros

Allianz Group continued to grow in 2013. Based on preliminary figures,
revenues rose 4.1 percent to a new high of 110.8 billion euros from 106.4
billion euros the year before. Excluding foreign currency exchange and
consolidation effects, revenue growth amounted to 4.7 percent. The total
number of customers insured by Allianz increased over the same period by
five million to over 83 million.

Operating profit reached 10.1 billion euros. Compared to 9.3 billion euros
for the year 2012, this represents an increase of 7.8 percent. Net income
attributable to shareholders increased by 14.6 percent in 2013 to 6.0
billion euros from 5.2 billion euros the year before.

In Property and Casualty insurance, operating profit increased compared to
the previous year, despite higher compensations for customers after natural
catastrophes. In the Life and Health insurance business statutory premiums
grew while volatile capital markets pressured operating profit. With a
higher operating profit, Asset Management continued its successful course,
despite uncertainty about the policy of the US Federal Reserve that led to
swings in interest rates.

The conglomerate solvency ratio reached 182 percent as of the end of 2013,
up one percentage point from 181 percent as of January 1, 2013.
Shareholders' equity of 50.084 billion euros at year end remained at a
similar high level as 50.388 billion euros at the beginning of the year.

The Board of Management will propose to the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE
a dividend of 5.30 euros per share, an increase of 18 percent compared to
the 2012 dividend of 4.50 euros.

"In a politically and economically challenging environment Allianz produced
very good results for 2013, and we want to maintain that level this year as
well. Therefore, our operating profit outlook for 2014 is 10.0 billion
euros, plus/minus 500 million euros," said Michael Diekmann, CEO of Allianz
SE. "The environment will remain challenging in 2014, but our performance
shows that we are well positioned with our three-segment strategy."


Property and Casualty insurance boosts profitability

In the Property and Casualty insurance segment, gross written premiums of
46.6 billion euros for 2013 were 0.7 percent below 46.9 billion euros the
year before. Internal growth excluding the reduction from the restructured
US crop business reached 2.5 percent.

The Allianz entities in Australia, France, Germany, Latin America and
Turkey as well as Allianz Worldwide Partners recorded strong premium growth
in their respective markets. There was strong demand for new products.
These included the modular household cover "PrivatSchutz" in Germany and a
motor insurance product in Italy supported by telematics to take driving
behavior into account.

Operating profit in Property and Casualty insurance climbed to 5.3 billion
euros for the year, 14.2 percent above 4.6 billion euros for 2012. This
growth stemmed from a strong underwriting result, despite higher
compensations for customers following natural catastrophes and despite a
lower investment result.

Natural catastrophes, especially storms in Europe, contributed 2.9
percentage points to the loss ratio in 2013, up from 1.7 percentage points
the year before. Nonetheless, the resulting combined ratio for 2013
improved by 1.9 percentage points to 94.3 percent from 96.2 percent in
2012. A favorable pricing and claims environment in Italy contributed to
this improvement. In addition, Allianz benefited from efforts to turn
around its business in the US.

"We provided quick support to tens of thousands of people hit by natural
catastrophes such as the floods in Germany. We also introduced numerous new
products and digital applications to help customers in today's world," said
Dieter Wemmer, Chief Financial Officer of Allianz SE. "The result confirms
our work in recent years - good profitability and growth in key markets."


Life and Health insurance expands business further

Statutory premiums in the Life and Health insurance business grew
year-on-year in 2013 by 8.5 percent to 56.8 billion euros from 52.3 billion
euros. Adjusted for foreign currency exchange and consolidation effects,
internal growth reached 9.1 percent.

Italy recorded strong growth, mainly due to the new unit-linked product
"Progetto Reddito" that generated premiums of 1.3 billion euros. Premiums
in Germany rose largely due to single-premium products, a sales initiative
in the US for fixed indexed annuities lifted annual revenues, distribution
partnerships in France helped to boost sales, and premiums also grew in
Spain by 14.0 percent despite a generally shrinking market.

In 2013, currency and interest rate volatility led to a lower investment
margin. This and the restructuring in South Korea were the main reasons
operating profit declined 8.0 percent to 2.7 billion euros from 2.9 billion
euros in 2012. The new business margin rose to 2.1 percent from 1.8 percent
in 2012. The value of new business increased over the same period to 952
million euros from 790 million euros.

"Low interest rates will continue to be with us for some time. However,
with our new products and the increase in the value of new business I am
optimistic about our prospects," said Dieter Wemmer. "Allianz sets a
benchmark with its global investment management. It enables us to generate
attractive returns across a broad range of products with a minimum of risk
for our life insurance customers around the world."


Asset Management successful amid turbulence

Capital market volatility and swings in interest rates in the second half
of 2013 impacted the Asset Management business. However, due to a strong
first six months, revenues in the segment increased overall by 5.9 percent
to 7.1 billion euros for 2013 from 6.7 billion euros the previous year.
Adjusted for foreign currency exchange effects, internal growth reached 8.8
percent. The improvement came from higher management and loading fees which
more than offset lower performance fees.

Operating profit rose 7.0 percent to 3.2 billion euros for the year from
3.0 billion euros in 2012. The cost-income ratio improved to 55.9 percent
in 2013 from 56.5 percent the year before.

Total assets under management reached 1,770 billion euros as of December
31, 2013, declining 4.4 percent from 1,852 billion euros at the end of
2012. Third-party assets under management declined over the same period to
1,361 billion euros from 1,438 billion euros. The decrease of 64 billion
euros resulted mainly from negative foreign currency exchange effects of
the weak US-dollar. Adjusted for these effects, the decline amounted to one
percent. Asset Management saw third-party net outflows of 12.0 billion
euros in 2013, compared to net inflows of 113.6 billion euros in the
previous year.

"Our Asset Management has further diversified its products and geographic
base. Thus, even though growth in assets under management went through a
lull in 2013, I am optimistic about the continued strength of the segment,"
said Dieter Wemmer.

Allianz Group - Preliminary key figures 4th quarter and fiscal year 2013

                                                      4Q 2013      4Q 2012
Total revenues [Euro bn]                                 26.8         25.9
Operating profit / loss [Euro mn](1)(2)                 2,383        2,216
 Property-Casualty [Euro mn]                            1,534        1,219
 Life/Health [Euro mn]                                    416          485
 Asset Management [Euro mn]                               703          917
 Corporate and Other [Euro mn]                           -261         -399
 Consolidation [Euro mn]                                   -9           -6 

Income before income taxes [Euro mn](1)                 2,190        2,173 

Income taxes [Euro mn]                                   -853         -857 


Net income / loss [Euro mn](1)                          1,337        1,316
 Property-Casualty [Euro mn]                            1,004        1,030
 Life/Health [Euro mn]                                    277          363
 Asset Management [Euro mn]                               387          564
 Corporate and Other [Euro mn]                           -353         -775
 Consolidation [Euro mn]                                   22          134

Net income [Euro mn](1)                                 1,337        1,316
attributable to non-controlling interests [Euro mn]        81           73
attributable to shareholders [Euro mn]                  1,256        1,243 


Basic earnings per share [Euro](1)                       2.77         2.74
Diluted earning per share [Euro](1)                      2.72         2.71
 
Ratios
 Property/Casualty: Combined ratio                      92.2%        95.3%
 Life/Health: Margin on reserves [bps] (4)               35           43 
Asset Management: Cost-income ratio                     59.4%        54.3%

                                                    12M 2013    12M 2012 
Total revenues [Euro bn]                               110.8        106.4
Operating profit /loss [Euro mn](1)(2)                10,066        9,337
 Property-Casualty [Euro mn]                           5,268        4,614
 Life/Health [Euro mn]                                 2,709        2,943  

 Asset Management [Euro mn]                            3,161        2,953
 Corporate and Other [Euro mn]                        -1,004       -1,114
 Consolidation [Euro mn]                                 -68          -59

Income before income taxes [Euro mn](1)                9,644        8,719  

Income taxes [Euro mn]                                -3,300       -3,161

Net income / loss [Euro mn](1)                         6,344        5,558
 Property/Casualty [Euro mn]                           3,818        3,505
 Life/Health [Euro mn]                                 1,941        2,034
 Asset Management [Euro mn]                            1,925        1,810
 Corporate and Other [Euro mn]                        -1,334       -1,854  

 Consolidation [Euro mn]                                  -6           63

Net income [Euro mn](1)                                6,344        5,558
attributable to non-controlling interests [Euro mn]      348          327 
attributable to shareholders [Euro mn]                 5,996        5,231

Basic earnings per share [Euro](1)                     13.23        11.56
Diluted earnings per share [Euro](1)                   13.05        11.48
Dividend per share [Euro]                               5.30(3)      4.50

Ratios
 Property-Casualty: Combined ratio                       94.3%      96.2%
 Life/Health: Margin on reserves [bps] (4)               58         67
 Asset Management: Cost-income Ratio                     55.9%      56.5%

                                                     12/31/13     12/31/12

Shareholders' equity [Euro bn](1)(5)                     50.1         50.4
Conglomerate solvency ratio (6)                          182%         197%
Third-party assets under management [Euro bn]           1,361        1,438

(1) All prior period figures herein have been restated to reflect the  
    retrospective application of the amended standard IAS 19 - Employee  
    Benefits, effective as of 01/01/13
(2) As of the first quarter of 2013 all restructuring charges are presented
    within operating profit. All prior period figures herein have been  
    adjusted to conform to the current accounting presentation
(3) Proposal
(4) Operating profit (annualized) divided by average net reserves
(5) Excluding non-controlling interests
(6) Including off-balance sheet reserves (12/31/13: EUR 2.3bn, 12/31/12:
    EUR 2.2 bn). The solvency ratio excluding off-balance sheet reserves
    would amount to 173% as of 12/31/13 and 188% as of 12/31/12. The
    conglomerate solvency ratio decreased by approximately 16%-p as of
    01/01/13 due to amendments to IAS 19

These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
The statements contained herein may include prospects, statements of future
expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on
management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown
risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or events may differ
materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking
statements.

Such deviations may arise due to, without limitation, (i) changes of the
general economic conditions and competitive situation, particularly in the
Allianz Group's core business and core markets, (ii) performance of
financial markets (particularly market volatility, liquidity and credit
events), (iii) frequency and severity of insured loss events, including
from natural catastrophes, and the development of loss expenses, (iv)
mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (v) persistency levels, (vi)
particularly in the banking business, the extent of credit defaults, (vii)
interest rate levels, (viii) currency exchange rates including the
euro/US-dollar exchange rate, (ix) changes in laws and regulations,
including tax regulations, (x) the impact of acquisitions, including
related integration issues, and reorganization measures, and (xi) general
competitive factors, in each case on a local, regional, national and/or
global basis. Many of these factors may be more likely to occur, or more
pronounced, as a result of terrorist activities and their consequences.

No duty to update
The company assumes no obligation to update any information or
forward-looking statement contained herein, save for any information
required to be disclosed by law.

 


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Language:    English                                                    
Company:     Allianz SE                                                 
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