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Allianz profit rises despite virus hit

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Allianz profit rises despite virus hit

Flags with the logo of German insurer Allianz SE flutter prior to the company's annual general meeting in Munich, Germany, on May 3, 2017. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

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Allianz CEO Oliver Baete describes the insurance giant's 3rd quarter results as 'solid in an environment that will remain challenging'

German insurance giant Allianz on Friday, November 6, reported a slight rise in 3rd quarter profit, though revenues declined and it did not update its full-year outlook, as the company weathered the challenge of the pandemic.

The Munich-based insurer made a net profit to the end of September of 2.1 billion euros ($2.5 billion), up 5.9% year-on-year.

Operating profit declined 2.6% and revenues by 6.1% to 31.4 billion euros.

The results were “solid in an environment that will remain challenging,” chief executive Oliver Baete said in a statement.

Allianz has not published a new profit forecast for the full year. In April, it withdrew its initial forecast of operating profit of between 11.5 and 12.5 billion euros. 

Operating profit in its property-casualty unit fell by 2.4% as the negative effects of the pandemic were offset by lower reimbursements on natural disasters.

The insurer’s life/health division saw sales fall by 9% year-on-year due to lower premium volumes on retirement savings products, especially in the United States and Germany.

In the 9 months to September, Allianz said the “adverse impacts” from the pandemic amounted to 1.3 billion euros, causing operating profit to fall 14.6% in the year to date compared with the same point in 2019.

Shareholders will feel the effects of COVID-19 in the immediate future. Due to the “ongoing economic uncertainties” linked to the pandemic, Allianz discontinued its previously suspended share buyback program for 2020 and will no longer distribute the remaining 750 million. – Rappler.com

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