EANS-News: UNIQA Insurance Group AG / UNIQA enjoys solid 1st half of 2019 CNE

Wednesday, 28. August 2019 07:14
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Mid Year Results

Vienna -

Zwtl.: UNIQA enjoys solid 1st half of 2019

* Premiums written (including savings portion) up 0.6 per cent at EUR2,814.9
  million
* Retained premiums earned rise by 1.7 per cent to EUR2,425.1 million
* Combined ratio increases slightly to 97.3 per cent
* Investment income improves 4.2 per cent to EUR301.0 million
* Earnings before taxes: EUR135.9 million (2018: EUR97.6 million excluding
  Casino non-recurring effect)
* Earnings outlook for 2019: slight growth in premiums and further improvement
  in earnings before taxes compared with previous year's adjusted figure
* Plans to continue progressive dividend policy confirmed

Generating earnings before taxes of EUR135.9 million in the 1st half of 2019,
UNIQA exceeded previous year's figure, which - adjusted for one-time gains on
disposal of EUR47.4 million from the sale of the interest in Casinos Austria
Aktiengesellschaft - was EUR97.6 million.
Premiums written (including savings portion) rose slightly by 0.6 per cent.
Retained premiums earned picked up by 1.7 per cent in the same period.

The UNIQA Group's techniocal result declined in the 1st half of 2019, primarily
a result of a 51.3 per cent rise in costs to EUR26.7 million. The combined ratio
after reinsurance increased to 97.3 per cent in connection with the higher
costs, in part from the long-term investment programme (January - June 2018:
97.1 per cent).
The 4.2 per cent rise in investment income to EUR301.0 million had a positive
impact.

In the last full year of the UNIQA 2.0 strategy programme, UNIQA is continuing
to place emphasis on optimising the existing business model and supplementing it
with deliberate investments in future-relevant innovations for its approximately
10 million customers in 18 countries. The solid result in the first six months
of 2019 is a good basis for the year as a whole and for the confirmation of the
unchanged outlook for the 2019 financial year: higher earnings before taxes than
in 2018 - where the figure was adjusted for the non-recurring effect from the
sale of the interest in Casinos Austria - and a further increase in distribution
per share to reflect the unchanged progressive dividend policy.

Key Group figures - January to June 2019 in detail

Total premiums written by the UNIQA Group (including the savings portion of
unit- and index-linked life insurance) went up slightly by 0.6 per cent to
EUR2,814.9 million in the 1st half of 2019 (January to June 2018: EUR2,798.4
million). Recurring premiums included in that expanded by 0.8 per cent to
EUR2,759.8 million (January to June 2018: EUR2,738.6 million). At the same time,
single premiums in the life insurance business dropped by 7.8 per cent to
EUR55.1 million, in line with strategy (January to June 2018: EUR59.8 million).
Retained premiums earned (in accordance with IFRS) increased by 1.7 per cent to
EUR2,425.1 million (January to June 2018: EUR2,385.5 million).

Premiums written in property and casualty insurance rose by 1.9 per cent to
EUR1,535.0 million in the first six months of 2019 (January to June 2018:
EUR1,506.2 million). Retained premiums earned in this segment went up by 3.4 per
cent. Premiums written in health insurance rose by 3.4 per cent to EUR568.1
million in the reporting period (January to June 2018: EUR549.4 million).
Retained premiums earned in health insurance (in accordance with IFRS) saw an
upturn of 3.1 per cent. In life insurance, premiums written including the
savings portion of unit- and index-linked life insurance decreased by a total of
4.2 per cent to EUR711.8 million in the first six months of 2019 (January to
June 2018: EUR742.9 million).

In international business, premiums written including the savings portion of
unit- and index-linked life insurance fell by a total of 0.8 per cent to
EUR808.0 million in the first six months of 2019 (January to June 2018: EUR814.2
million). Single premiums declined by 5.6 per cent to EUR41.7 million (January
to June 2018: EUR44.1 million). As a result, the international companies
contributed 28.7 per cent of total Group premiums in the 1st half of 2019
(January to June 2018: 29.1 per cent).

In the UNIQA International segment, premiums written in property and casualty
insurance decreased by 1.5 per cent to EUR555.6 million (January to June 2018:
EUR563.8 million), due chiefly to portfolio restructuring in the international
industrial customer business in Liechtenstein. This segment's total
international premiums accounted for 36.2 per cent of Group premiums (January to
June 2018: 37.4 per cent). Health insurance premiums written climbed 16.0 per
cent to EUR49.5 million in the 1st half of 2019 (January to June 2018: EUR42.7
million), while life insurance premiums moved up by 2.3 per cent to EUR202.9
million (January to June 2018: EUR207.7 million).

In Austria, premiums written including the savings portion of unit- and index-
linked life insurance rose by a total of 1.2 per cent to EUR1,992.9 million in
the 1st half of 2019 (January to June 2018: EUR1,970.1 million). Premiums
written in property and casualty insurance rose by 3.7 per cent to EUR966.1
million as a result of ongoing growth in vehicle insurance and property
insurance (January to June 2018: EUR931.7 million), while health insurance
premiums increased by 2.4 per cent to EUR518.6 million (January to June 2018:
EUR 506.7 million). Driven by low demand stemming from continued low interest
rates, premiums written in life insurance including the savings portion of unit-
and index-linked life insurance fell by 4.4 per cent to EUR508.2 million
(January to June 2018: EUR531.7 million).

The total amount of retained insurance benefits of the UNIQA Group rose by 1.1
per cent to EUR1,852.3 million in the 1st half of 2019 (January to June 2018:
EUR1,832.3 million). Retained insurance benefits rose by 1.6 per cent in
property and casualty insurance, totalling EUR861.4 million (January to June
2018: EUR847.6 million), and by 3.4 per cent up to EUR476.3 million in health
insurance (January to June 2018: EUR460.5 million). In life insurance, benefits
declined by 1.8 per cent to EUR514.6 million (January to June 2018: EUR524.2
million).

Operating expenses rose by 6.4 per cent to EUR449.0 million (January to June
2018: EUR422.2 million), owing in part to increased write-downs of capitalised
acquisition costs in life insurance. Other operating expenses (administration
costs) climbed by 12.4 per cent in the 1st half of 2019 to EUR247.8 million
(January to June 2018: EUR220.4 million) as a result of higher investments and
additional resources and staff requirements for the strategic projects. This
includes costs in connection with the innovation and investment programme
amounting to roughly EUR27 million (January to June 2018: roughly EUR12
million).

The total cost ratio - the ratio of total operating expenses to premiums earned
including the net savings portion of the premiums from unit- and index-linked
life insurance - less reinsurance commissions received increased to 27.0 per
cent (January to June 2018: 25.3 per cent). The combined ratio after reinsurance
increased to 97.3 per cent in connection with the higher costs (January - June
2018: 97.1 per cent).

Investment income rose by 4.2 per cent to EUR301.0 million in the 1st half of
2019 (January to June 2018: EUR288.7 million). Realised and unrealised gains and
losses of around EUR50 million had a positive impact in the 1st half of 2019.
This includes realised gains from selling properties amounting to around EUR45
million.

The investment portfolio of the UNIQA Group increased as against the end of the
previous year to EUR20,506.8 million as at 30 June 2019 (31 December 2018:
EUR19,337.1 million).

The UNIQA Group's technical result declined in the 1st half of 2019, primarily a
result of a 51.3 per cent rise in costs to EUR26.7 million (January to June
2018: EUR54.9 million). In contrast, operating earnings decreased only slightly
due to the higher investment result, falling by 4.4 per cent to EUR164.1 million
(January to June 2018: EUR171.7 million). Earnings before taxes of the UNIQA
Group declined accordingly by 6.3 per cent to EUR135.9 million (January to June
2018: EUR145.0 million).

Consolidated net profit (net profit for the period attributable to the
shareholders of UNIQA Insurance Group AG) decreased by 5.9 per cent to EUR105.6
million (January to June 2018: EUR112.3 million). Earnings per share amounted to
EUR0.34 (January to June 2018: EUR0.37).

As at 30 June 2019, equity attributable to the shareholders of UNIQA Insurance
Group AG increased to EUR3,224.8 million (31 December 2018: EUR2,972.1 million).
The primary factor behind this development was the increased valuation of
financial instruments held for sale on account of lower interest rates.

The average number of employees at the UNIQA Group decreased to 12,731 in the
first six months of 2019 (January to June 2018: 12,876).

Outlook

For the 2019 financial year as a whole, UNIQA is expecting growth in property
and casualty premiums of approximately 2 per cent and a rise in health insurance
premiums of around 3 per cent. In view of the persistently low interest rates
and the subdued demand for long-term pension products, the company is expecting
a continuation of declining life insurance premiums. In 2019 as a whole, UNIQA
is expecting moderate growth in total premium volume of around 1 per cent.

UNIQA is anticipating a decline in investment income in 2019 due to the non-
recurring effect from the sale of Casinos Austria Aktiengesellschaft in 2018.

In property and casualty insurance, UNIQA is continuing to strive for increased
profitability in its actuarial core business in 2019 and on this basis a further
increase in the combined ratio compared with 2018.

Overall, UNIQA is anticipating an improvement in earnings before taxes for the
2019 financial year compared with the figure for 2018, which was adjusted for
the non-recurring effect from the Casinos Austria sale. UNIQA is still intending
to increase the annual distribution per share again in the coming year as part
of a progressive dividend policy.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains statements concerning UNIQA's future development.
These statements present estimates that were reached on the basis of all of the
information available to us at the present time. If the assumptions on which
they are based do not occur, the actual results may deviate from the results
currently expected. As a result, no liability is accepted for this information.

UNIQA

Further inquiry note:
Gregor Bitschnau
UNIQA Insurance Group AG
Group Communication
+43 (0)1 21175 3440
+43 664 88915564
gregor.bitschnau@uniqa.at

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issuer:       UNIQA Insurance Group AG
              Untere Donaustraße 21
              A-1029 Wien
phone:        01/211 75-0
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mail:         investor.relations@uniqa.at
WWW:          http://www.uniqagroup.com
ISIN:         AT0000821103
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stockmarkets: Wien
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