Wiener Städtische Versicherung AG - VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP

euro adhoc: Wiener Städtische Allg. Vers. AG
Financial Figures/Balance Sheet / Vienna Insurance Group (Wiener Städtische Group) IFRS Figures for 2005 (according to Preliminary Information)*

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04.04.2006

Please note: this is a translation; only the German version of this news release is legally binding.

- EUR 5 billion premium mark surpassed - Group profit before tax hits historic record value, due to increase by approx. EUR 84 million to approx. EUR 240 million  - Excellent group combined ratio of slightly above 94 percent - Strong dividend increase by 21 Cent to 66 Cent - CEE share in group premiums in property/casualty insurance approx. 45 percent / CEE share in aggregate group profit approx. 37 percent / Much earlier than planned a profit before tax was generated in all CEE countries - Substantial premium expansion in life insurance of approx. 31 percent

OVERVIEW OF KEY GROUP DATA IN THE YEAR 2005 (ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY DATA*:

In the year 2005, consolidated premiums written of the Vienna Insurance Group(excluding other insurance participations) rose by 22.1 percent to EUR 5.01 billion.  The Vienna Insurance Group (including other insurance participations) in the aggregate posted a strong increase of 21.2 percent to EUR 5.36 billion in non-consolidated premiums written. The Group's profit before tax rose by EUR 84.43 million to EUR 240.34 million (plus 54.2 percent) in the year 2005. With this result, the Group surpasses the most recent profit forecast of about EUR 230 million. Essential factors for the excellent profit before tax were good results from investments, cost-conscious administration and good loss ratios based on tariffs adequate to the risk. The profit after tax rose by a considerable 63.5 percent to EUR 198.74 million. It will be suggested to the Annual General Meeting to increase the dividend by 21 cent to 66 cent per share - thus the increase will be 10 percent higher than most recently planned. The combined ratio of the Vienna Insurance Group after reinsurance (not including investment income) was reduced to the excellent value of 94.3 percent. This places the Vienna Insurance Group in the leading group internationally. The decisive factors for this improvement were selective risk underwriting as well as very active claims management. The net investment income posted an increase of 33.0 percent to EUR 593.86 million as compared to 2004. The result was influenced by the favorable conditions prevailing on the capital markets.  The gross expenses for claims incurred amounted to EUR 3.99 billion (plus 24.9 percent) and are especially influenced by the increase in the actuarial reserve in life insurance. This is above all due to the marked increase in the single-premium policy business and the fact that the Vienna Insurance Group has already fully taken into account the application of the new Austrian mortality tables. Gross expenses for insurance operations increased by 15.1 percent to EUR 1.07 billion and with this increase remained far below the growth achieved in terms of premiums. The total investment of the Group rose by 25.5 percent to EUR 16.92 billion (as of December 31, 2005).

In 2006 altogether Vienna Insurance Group expect a two-digit growth in premiums. For the current year Vienna Insurance Group is aiming at a Group profit before tax of between EUR 270 and 290 million.

*These figures are subject to an audit to be performed by the auditors and approval by the supervisory board of Wiener Städtische. Companies that have been acquired only recently are not included in the premiums of the Vienna Insurance Group (Wiener Städtische Group).

Wiener Städtische Allgemeine Versicherung AG A-1010 Vienna, Schottenring 30 ISIN: AT0000908504

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Further inquiry note:
Mag. Barbara Hagen-Grötschnig
Wiener Städtische Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel.: +43 (0)50 350-21027
Fax: +43 (0)50 350 99-21027
E-Mail: b.hagen@staedtische.co.at

Branche: Insurance
ISIN:      AT0000908504
WKN:        A0ET17
Index:    ATX Prime, ATX, WBI
Börsen:  Wiener Börse AG / official market



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