DGAP-News: Allianz SE: Allianz reports strong results for the second quarter of 2018 and confirms full-year outlookEQS
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After a successful start into 2018, Allianz Group continued to achieve good performance in the second quarter. Indicators remained close to or exceeded the second-quarter 2017 levels, despite burdens from geopolitical instabilities and currency fluctuations. Internal revenue growth, which adjusts for currency and consolidation effects, was 6.5 percent with all business segments recording strong growth. Total revenues grew 2.9 percent to 30.9 (second quarter of 2017: 30.0) billion euros. Operating profit increased 2.3 percent to 3.0 (2.9) billion euros. In the Asset Management business segment the operating profit grew due to higher revenues, which were driven by higher assets under management (AuM) and improved margins. This more than compensated for the decline in operating profit from our Life/Health business segment. Our Property-Casualty business operating profit was stable. Net income attributable to shareholders decreased slightly to 1.9 (2.0) billion euros: a negative impact from the sale of our traditional life insurance portfolio in Taiwan was only partially offset by lower income taxes.
Basic Earnings per Share (EPS) increased by 5 percent to 8.86 (8.45) euros in the first half-year of 2018. Annualized Return on Equity (RoE) increased to 13.8 percent (full year 2017: 11.8 percent). Allianz maintained its strong capitalization, with the Solvency II capitalization ratio of 230 percent at the end of the quarter compared to 225 percent recorded at the end of the first quarter of 2018.
In the first half-year of 2018 operating profit decreased 1.8 percent to 5.8 (5.9) billion euros, mostly driven by our Life/Health business segment due to a normalization of the investment margin and due to unfavorable foreign exchange. Operating profit in the Asset Management business grew thanks to higher AuM-driven revenues. The Property-Casualty operating profit increased slightly compared to prior year results. Overall, the operating profit for the first six months is slightly above the mid-point of our full-year target range. Lower income taxes compensated for the lower operating profit and non-operating result: net income attributable to shareholders was therefore stable at 3.8 (3.8) billion euros.
On 2 July 2018, Allianz Group announced a new share buy-back program, with a volume of up to 1.0 billion euros. The program shall be finalized by 30 September 2018 and all repurchased shares will be cancelled.
"We remain on track to meet our 2018 operating profit target. I am thankful for everyone on the Allianz team for making this happen across countries and companies. This makes me confident that we will achieve our three-year Renewal Agenda targets," said Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz SE.
"The good results in property and casualty show the underlying strength of our business. We have made progress with our productivity initiative as shown by the expense ratio. We remain on track to meet our target of 94 percent in the combined ratio," said Giulio Terzariol, Chief Financial Officer of Allianz SE.
In the first half-year of 2018, gross premiums written increased slightly to 30.0 (29.4) billion euros. Adjusted for foreign exchange and consolidation effects, internal growth amounted to 5.9 percent, mostly driven by positive developments at AGCS, in Germany, and at Allianz Partners. Operating profit improved slightly by 0.9 percent to 2,729 million euros compared to the same period of the prior year due to a higher underwriting result. The combined ratio for the first half-year improved by 0.2 percentage points to 94.4 percent.
"The positive results of our ongoing product mix shifting to capital-efficient products demonstrate our ability to adapt to a highly challenging interest rate environment. Our new business margin of 3.5 percent is well ahead of target and the value of new business increased to 491 million euro in the quarter, showing a good quarterly growth of five percent," said Giulio Terzariol.
In the first half-year of 2018 PVNBP increased to 29.0 (28.4) billion euros largely because of the higher sales of our capital-efficient products in the German life business and of our unit-linked insurance products without guarantees in Taiwan. Operating profit dropped to 2,144 (2,282) million euros as a result of less favorable market conditions and unfavorable foreign currency translation effects in the United States. The NBM increased to 3.4 (3.3) percent bringing the VNB to 980 (922) million euros.
"The combination of higher assets under management, higher margins and a lower cost-income ratio lead to a double-digit profit growth. While we had net outflows for the quarter, we recorded inflows for the months of June and July. We are very pleased with the performance of our Asset Management business," said Giulio Terzariol.
In the first half-year of 2018, operating revenues grew by 4.6 percent to 3.3 billion euros, mainly due to increased average third-party AuM at PIMCO and an increase in third-party AuM-driven margins at both PIMCO and AllianzGI. As operating expenses only went up 2.7 percent, the CIR decreased by 1.2 percentage points to 61.7 percent. Operating profit rose 7.9 percent to 1,247 (1,156) million euros. Furthermore, favorable foreign currency effects and third-party inflows, outweighed negative market effects resulting in third-party AuM of 1,464 billion euros - an increase of 17 billion euros compared to year-end 2017.
Munich, August 3, 2018
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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 EUR/USD 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.
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This is a translation of the German Quarterly and Half-Year Earnings Release of the Allianz Group. In case of any divergences, the German original is binding.
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