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UNIQA remains on track with solid result

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6-month report

UNIQA remains on track with solid result
 
· Premiums written (including savings portion) increased by 2.0 per cent
to EUR 3,130.3 million
 
· Retained premiums earned according to IFRS (not including savings
portion) up 6.0 per cent to EUR 2,643.8 million
 
· Group cost ratio and combined ratio further improved at 21.9 per cent
and 98.3 per cent respectively
 
· Underwriting result considerably increased (+53.6 per cent)
 
· Negative effect on EBT due to write-downs of EUR 19 million on Hypo
Alpe-Adria-Bank International bonds
 
· Nonetheless, EBT increased to EUR 181.4 million (+24.7 per cent) on a
like-for-like basis (excluding non-recurring effects from the hotel sale in
2013)
 

In the first half of 2014, UNIQA Insurance Group AG (UNIQA Group) generated a
profit on ordinary activities (EBT) of EUR 181.4 million (-7.7 per cent).
Adjusted for the one-off effect from the sale of the Austria hotel group in the
first half of 2013 in the amount of EUR 51.1 million, EBT was up 24.7 per cent
year on year.
 
The UNIQA Group increased its premiums written - including the savings portion
from unit- and index-linked life insurance - by 2.0 per cent to EUR 3,130.3
million (1-6/2013: EUR 3,068.1 million). Retained premiums earned (in accordance
with IFRS, not including savings portion) grew by 6.0 per cent to EUR 2,643.8
million (1-6/2013: EUR 2,495.0 million).
 
UNIQA CEO Andreas Brandstetter: "We remained on track in a tough economic
environment in the first half of 2014. We grew once again, reduced costs and
further improved the combined ratio. Even recurring investment income increased
slightly despite write-downs on the Hypo Alpe-Adria bonds and low interest
rates. Overall, this means that our EBT grew significantly on a like-for-like
basis. Thanks to the continued gradual implementation of our long-term strategy
programme UNIQA 2.0, we thus took another step closer to our goals. We remain on
target for again considerably increasing our EBT for 2014 as a whole compared to
2013."
 
Key Group figures
 
Premiums written - including the savings portion from unit- and index-linked
life insurance - rose by a moderate 2.0 per cent to EUR 3,130.3 million in the
first half of 2014 (1-6/2013: EUR 3,068.1 million). Premium growth was curbed
primarily by a significant decrease in premiums in unit-linked life insurance.
This development was caused mainly by follow-on effects from maturing life
insurance policies in connection with the decision to completely withdraw from
the German market and not to conclude any new business, which was adopted back
in 2011.
 
Retained premiums earned (in accordance with IFRS, not including the savings
portion from unit- and index-linked life insurance) increased significantly by
6.0 per cent to EUR 2,643.8 million (1-6/2013: EUR 2,495.0 million).
 
The UNIQA Group's retained insurance benefits rose by 6.6 per cent to
EUR 2,142.0 million in the first six months of 2014 (1-6/2013:
EUR 2,008.9 million). The increase in benefits was thus slightly higher than the
increase in premiums earned.
 
Operating expenses less reinsurance commissions received improved by 1.7 per
cent year on year, falling to EUR 638.4 million (1-6/2013: EUR 649.3 million).
There was a significant reduction in administrative expenses, which fell by
13.6 per cent or EUR 28.4 million to EUR 179.6 million (1-6/2013:
EUR 207.9 million). This was offset by a moderate 4.0 per cent growth in sales
costs to EUR 458.9 million (1-6/2013: EUR 441.3 million).
 
The Group cost ratio after reinsurance improved from 23.0 per cent to 21.9 per
cent, chiefly due to the reduction in administrative expenses. In 2012, the
first full financial year after the UNIQA 2.0 strategy programme was launched,
the cost ratio was still 25.0 per cent.
 
Despite the flood damage in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the slight
increase in the loss ratio, the combined ratio (after reinsurance) improved by
1.1 percentage points to 98.3 per cent (1-6/2013: 99.4 per cent); in 2012, the
combined ratio was 101.3 per cent.
 
The underwriting result also developed positively, improving by 53.6 % from
EUR 59.8 million to EUR 91.8 million.
 
Net investment income of the UNIQA Group fell by 11.8 per cent from
EUR 408.9 million to EUR 360.7 million in the first half of 2014. However, the
comparative figure for the previous year included the book profit on the
disposal of the Austria Hotels International Group, which amounted to EUR 51.1
million. Adjusted for this one-off effect in the previous year, net investment
income rose by 0.8 per cent despite write-downs of EUR 19 million on Hypo Alpe-
Adria-Bank International bonds and the persistently low interest rates.
 
The investment portfolio of the UNIQA Group (including unit- and index-linked
life insurance investments) increased by EUR 1,455.1 million as against the end
of the previous year to EUR 28,838.7 million (31 December 2013: EUR 27,383.6
million).
 
The UNIQA Group's profit on ordinary activities amounted to EUR 181.4 million in
the first half of the year. On a like-for-like basis (excluding the one-off
effect from the sale of the hotel group in the first half of 2013 in the amount
of EUR 51.1 million), this corresponds to an increase of 24.7 per cent. If this
one-off effect in the first half of 2013 is included, EBT in the first six
months of 2014 was 7.7 per cent lower than the previous year's figure (1-6/2013:
EUR 196.6 million). The net profit for the period amounted to EUR 125.7 million
(1-6/2013: EUR 152.9 million), while the consolidated profit (after taxes and
minority interests) fell by 18.5 per cent to EUR 122.8 million (1-6/2013:
EUR 150.6 million). In both cases, the decline is also attributable to the one-
off effect from the sale of the hotel group in the first half of 2013.
 
In the first six months of 2014, the UNIQA Group's total equity increased by
9.0 per cent to EUR 3,041.7 million (31 December 2013: EUR 2,789.9 million).
 
The solvency ratio (Solvency I) remained very strong in the first half of 2014
and improved by 14.7 percentage points as against the end of the previous year
to 301.8 per cent (31 December 2013: 287.1 per cent).
 
The number of employees increased from 14,353 to 14,620 (+1.9 per cent) due to
the acquisition of insurance companies in Croatia and Serbia. 5,960 of these
employees were employed in sales and 8,660 in administration.
 
Outlook
The UNIQA Group has set itself the target of significantly increasing its profit
on ordinary activities again in 2014 in comparison to 2013. This assumes that
the capital market environment will be stable, that economic development will
improve moderately and that losses caused by natural disasters will remain
within a normal range.
 
Forward-looking statements
This press release contains statements concerning UNIQA's future development.
These statements present estimates which 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 2.0
UNIQA 2.0 is a long-term strategy programme that the company has been
implementing since May 2011. UNIQA has set itself the target of increasing its
customer base to 15 million by 2020 and improving its EBT by up to
EUR 350 million between 2012 and 2015. In doing this, the company is focusing on
its core business as a primary insurer in its core markets of Austria and
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The business model is geared towards
profitable growth and long-term value added in these markets. UNIQA intends to
boost profitability at UNIQA Österreich, increase productivity at Raiffeisen
Versicherung in Austria and leverage the growth potential in the CEE region and
is implementing a systematic risk/return approach.

Further inquiry note:
UNIQA Insurance Group AG 
Norbert Heller
Tel.: +43 (01) 211 75-3414
mailto:norbert.heller@uniqa.at

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company:     UNIQA Insurance Group AG
             Untere Donaustraße 21
             A-1029 Wien
phone:       01/211 75-0
mail:     investor.relations@uniqa.at
WWW:      http://www.uniqagroup.com
sector:      Insurance
ISIN:        AT0000821103
indexes:     WBI, ATX Prime, ATX
stockmarkets: official market: Wien 
language:   English
 

 


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