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UNIQA Embedded Value still at solid level in 2014/Economic capital ratio remains high

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UNIQA Embedded Value still at solid level in 2014
Economic capital ratio remains high
· Group Embedded Value almost unchanged at EUR4.201 million
· Economic capital ratio (ECR) at solid 150% according to internal
· UNIQA charges government bonds with capital
The market-consistent Embedded Value of the UNIQA Group before minority
interests remained almost unchanged at EUR4,201 million in the year under review
(2013: EUR4,217 million). The present value in the life and health insurance
(value of in-force business/VIF) fell by 8.0% to EUR1,574 million (2013:
EUR1,703 million), while the adjusted equity applicable rose by 4.0% to
EUR2,601 million (2013: EUR2,489 million).
UNIQA CRO/CFO Kurt Svoboda commented: "The development of the Embedded Value
shows that the path adopted by the company in the life insurance sector is the
right one in light of the current strained economic situation and, in
particular, the low interest-rate environment. The slight decline in Embedded
Value was almost exclusively attributable to the low interest rates, which had
an impact on carrying amounts in the area of life and health insurance in
The new business margin - a key figure for profitability - declined to 1.7%
(2013: 2.2%; 2012: 1.5%). For CEE, it remained at a high profit level of 5.9% in
2014 (2013: 5.8%).
Capital ratios remain high
  The economic capital ratio of the UNIQA Group, which serves as an indicator of
capitalisation, was at a sound level of 150% at 31 December 2014. This
represents a reduction of 11 percentage points as against the previous year,
which also reflects the lower level of interest rates at present. Kurt Svoboda:
"UNIQA is pursuing a particularly conservative approach in terms of its capital
ratio. Government bonds that could be measured on a risk-free basis in
accordance with Solvency II are still measured with risk capital. For us, this
means the recognition of an additional EUR532 million of risk capital. Although
this serves to decrease our risk ratio, it reflects the actual risk situation to
a far greater extent."
The economic capital ratio, which represents the ratio of economic capital of
EUR4,080 million (2013: EUR4,442 million) and the economic capital requirements
of EUR2,722 million (2013: EUR2,762 million), is calculated using the internal
capital approach. Economic capital combines tier 1 capital (core capital) and
tier 2 capital (supplementary capital), while the economic capital requirements
represent the theoretical requirements for capital in the event of an extreme
stress scenario.
The market-consistent Embedded Value, which is calculated on the basis of
international guidelines, represents the value of the insurance policy portfolio
and is composed of the net assets for life, health, property and casualty
insurance as well as the current value of future income from the existing life
and health insurance portfolio. This calculation took into account the life and
health insurance business of UNIQA in Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, the
Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.
The market-consistent Embedded Value and the economic capital ratio of the UNIQA
Group were audited in full by B & W Deloitte GmbH, Cologne.

Further inquiry note:
UNIQA Insurance Group AG 
Norbert Heller
Tel.: +43 (01) 211 75-3414

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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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