The FINANCIAL -- Over the first nine months of the year, Allianz Group total revenues rose 3.5 percent to 95.5 (92.2) billion euros. Operating profit remained stable at 8.15 (8.14) billion euros. Net income attributable to shareholders increased 3.9 percent to 5.20 (5.00) billion euros.
“In a volatile financial market environment, Allianz’s fundamentals remained at a solid level in all business segments in the third quarter. We expect the full year operating profit to grow and arrive in the upper end of our target range of 10.0 to 10.8 billion euros,” said Dieter Wemmer, CFO of Allianz SE.
In the third quarter of 2015, Allianz Group maintained revenues at a high level and achieved a solid operating profit, although both weakened slightly compared to one year ago. Total quarterly revenues were 27.5 (third quarter of 2014: 28.8) billion euros, a decrease of 4.3 percent. Operating profit was 2.45 (2.65) billion euros, down 7.5 percent. Net income attributable to shareholders amounted to 1.36 (1.61) billion euros, a decrease of 15.4 percent, in part due to one-off tax benefits in the year-earlier quarter, according to Allianz Group.
In the quarter, the segment Property and Casualty insurance saw revenues increase while the operating profit was affected by lower investment and underwriting results. In the Life and Health insurance segment, sales shifted towards unit-linked and other capital efficient products while statutory premiums for traditional products decreased. In the segment Asset Management, operating profit continued to be impacted by the effects of prior period outflows.
Solvency II capitalization was 200 percent as of September 30, 2015. This represented an increase of 9 percentage points compared to December 31, 2014. Shareholders’ equity increased by 0.9 percent to 61.3 billion euros from 60.7 billion euros as of December 31, 2014.
Property and Casualty insurance with healthy operating profit
Gross premiums written in Property and Casualty insurance increased 2.4 percent to 11.52 (11.25) billion euros in the third quarter. Adjusted for foreign exchange and consolidation effects, internal growth was 0.4 percent. Strong premium growth was recorded in particular in Turkey with 37.6 percent internal growth. At the global business line Allianz Worldwide Partners, Allianz Global Assistance was the main driver of the 12.1 percent internal growth, while in Spain premiums increased by 7.3 percent. Australia continued its strong growth at 4.2 percent on an internal basis, in particular in the areas of motor and property insurance.
Operating profit in the Property and Casualty segment was down 5.0 percent to 1.35 (1.42) billion euros in the third quarter. This decline was mainly driven by a lower investment result and further impacted by a weaker underwriting result. The impact from natural catastrophes was 137 million euros higher than in the previous year and totaled 144 million euros. The combined ratio deteriorated by 0.6 percentage points to 94.1 (93.5) percent.
“Our Property and Casualty business continued with a strong underwriting margin despite an increase in weather related claims compared to the year before, as well as several large claims,” said Dieter Wemmer. “The overall development of the segment is on track.”
Life and Health insurance: shift in product mix improves new business margin
Overall, premiums shifted further towards unit-linked and other capital efficient products. This was particularly evident in core markets, including Germany, France and Italy. As a result of this targeted shift, the new business margin improved by 0.3 percentage points to 3.0 percent.
Also as a result, statutory premiums in Life and Health insurance were down 9.7 percent compared to elevated sales in the previous-year quarter, amounting to 14.31 (15.85) billion euros. Operating profit decreased by 6.6 percent to 738 (790) million euros, hampered in part by a write-down of deferred acquisition costs in South Korea.
The value of new business decreased slightly by 1.6 percent to 325 (330) million euros. Compared to the second quarter, the value of new business increased by 55 percent. This improvement is a further result of the targeted shift away from capital intensive products.
“Our product mix in the Life and Health segment continues to move in the right direction -- away from traditional and towards new products,” said Dieter Wemmer. “Our improved new business margin is clear evidence that the execution of our strategy is paying off.”
Asset Management third party net outflows slow further
In the third quarter, operating revenues of the segment Asset Management reached 1.64 (1.62) billion euros, an increase of 1.1 percent. This increase was driven by a high level of performance fees and the significantly strengthened US dollar, which more than compensated for the impact of lower average third-party assets under management.
Operating profit declined 13.5 percent to 600 (694) million euros. Impacted by current and prior-period net outflows, the cost-income ratio weakened year-on-year to 63.3 (57.1) percent but strengthened when compared to the second quarter level of 67.4 percent.
On September 30, 2015, total assets under management were 1,746 billion euros compared to 1,801 billion euros at the end of 2014. Third-party assets under management amounted to 1,259 billion euros, down from 1,313 billion euros at the end of 2014. In addition to the net outflows, volatile capital markets contributed to the decrease.
The third quarter saw third-party net outflows in the Asset Management segment slow further and amounted to 14.8 billion euros, compared to net outflows of 47.4 billion euros in the previous year’s third quarter. Net outflows at PIMCO amounted to 16.0 billion euros in the third quarter while Allianz Global Investors recorded net inflows of 1.3 billion euros.
“Net outflows at PIMCO nearly halved compared to the previous quarter and have reached the lowest quarterly level since the start of net outflows in the third quarter of 2013,” said Dieter Wemmer. “At Allianz Global Investors, third party net inflows continued for the eleventh consecutive quarter.”