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Allianz achieves 2.6 billion euros operating profit in 2Q 2020

Quarterly and Half-Year Earnings Release

  • 2Q 2020 operating profit of 2.6 billion euros
  • 2Q 2020 net income attributable to shareholders down 28.6 percent to 1.5 billion euros
  • 6M 2020 total revenues stable at 73.5 billion; in 2Q 2020 total revenues decreased by 6.8 percent to 30.9 billion euros
  • 6M 2020 operating profit of 4.9 billion euros
  • 6M 2020 net income attributable to shareholders decreased 28.8 percent to 2.9 billion euros
  • Good Solvency II capitalization ratio of 187 percent

Management Summary: resilient performance in difficult environment confirms the solidity of our strategy

The COVID-19 crisis caused one of the most severe economic and financial market turmoils. While financial markets have rallied in the second quarter of 2020, the economic recovery remains fragile. However, Allianz with its well-diversified business portfolio and robust balance sheet has continued to successfully navigate through the current crisis and has achieved solid results in the second quarter of 2020. Due to the continuing uncertainties we currently do not give an updated operating profit outlook for 2020.

Internal revenue growth, which adjusts for currency and consolidation effects, amounted to -7.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020, mostly driven by the Life/Health business segment. Total revenues decreased 6.8 percent to 30.9 (2Q 2019: 33.2) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020. Operating profit decreased 18.8 percent to 2.6 (3.2) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020. In our Property-Casualty business seg- ment, operating profit dropped due to COVID-19-related losses, as well as a lower operating investment re- sult. Operating profit from our Life/Health business segment was resilient and decreased mostly due to a favorable one-off profit in 2019. Our Asset Management business segment recorded a solid albeit lower op- erating profit mainly driven by lower performance fees. Net income attributable to shareholders decreased 28.6 percent to 1.5 (2.1) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020 largely mirroring the development of op- erating profit.

Basic Earnings per Share (EPS) decreased 27.6 percent to 7.07 (9.76) euros in the first half-year of 2020. An- nualized Return on Equity (RoE) amounted to 10.0 percent (full year 2019: 13.6 percent). The Solvency II cap- italization ratio was at 187 percent at the end of the second quarter of 20201, compared to 190 percent at the end of the first quarter 2020.

In the first half-year of 2020, total revenues were stable. Operating profit fell by 20.5 percent to 4.9 (6.1) bil- lion euros, with COVID-19 having a significant negative impact on our insurance businesses’ operating profit. Property-Casualty recorded a lower underwriting and operating investment result. Our Life/Health business operating profit decreased due to a favorable one-off profit in 2019 and a lower investment margin. Higher AuM-driven revenues led to an increase in operating profit from our Asset Management business. The de- crease in net income attributable to shareholders was largely driven by the drop in operating profit.

“The pandemic continues to be a challenge for all industries. Nevertheless, Allianz has achieved robust results and shown a remarkable resilience in the first six months of 2020. It makes us confident that we will see a solid financial performance also in the second half of 2020,” said Oliver Bäte, Chief Executive Officer of Alli- anz SE.

Property-Casualty insurance: operating profit pressured by COVID-19 pandemic

  • Total revenues remained largely stable at 13.5 (13.4) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020. Ad- justed for foreign currency translation and consolidation effects, internal growth totaled -1.6 percent, mainly driven by a COVID-19 driven negative volume effect of 5.3 percent and a positive price effect of 4.5 percent. Allianz Partners, United Kingdom, and Italy were the main contributors to this nega- tive development. Positive internal growth particularly at AGCS, Germany, and Asia-Pacific partly offset this result.
  • Operating profit decreased by 17.4 percent to 1.1 billion euros in the second quarter of 2020 com- pared to the second quarter of 2019. The underwriting result was strained by impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a rise in large losses as well as a lower contribution from run-off. These effects were partly offset by an improvement in our expense ratio. In addition, the operating investment income declined considerably.
  • The combined ratio rose by 1.2 percentage points to 95.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020.

“The impact of COVID-19 on Property-Casualty business segment revenues has been more pronounced in the second quarter of 2020 but our franchise has proven resilient in terms of revenue growth,” said Giulio Terzariol, Chief Financial Officer of Allianz SE. “Adjusting for the impacts of COVID-19, the underlying perfor- mance remains strong with a normalized combined ratio of less than 94 percent as our focus on technical excellence and productivity gains pays off.”

In the first half-year of 2020, total revenues rose to 33.8 (32.9) billion euros. Adjusted for foreign currency translation and consolidation effects, internal growth totaled 0.3 percent, mostly driven by AGCS, Asia-Pa- cific, and Germany. As particularly the underwriting result decreased sharply due to higher claims from natu- ral catastrophes and a severe impact of COVID-19 amounting to -0.8 billion euros, the operating profit dete- riorated by 23.4 percent to 2.2 billion euros compared to the same period of the prior year. This negative development was partly offset by a strong improvement in our expense ratio. Overall, the combined ratio for the first half-year worsened by 2.7 percentage points to 96.7 percent.

Life/Health insurance: operating profit of 1.0 billion euros

  • PVNBP2, the present value of new business premiums, decreased to 11.5 (15.2) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020, impacted by COVID-19 in almost all countries. The largest volume decreases were seen in Germany with lower sales of capital-efficient products and in the United States with a decline in sales of fixed index annuity products.
  • The new business margin (NBM) declined to 3.1 (3.6) percent due to the impact of lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2020, largely offset by improved products and a better business mix including the continued shift to preferred lines of business. The value of new business (VNB) de- creased to 357 (544) million euros in the second quarter of 2020 driven by a combination of lower volumes and decreased margins.
  • Operating profit decreased to 1.0 (1.2) billion euros in the second quarter of 2020. This was mainly due to a favorable one-off profit in the United States in the second quarter of 2019. Further contrib- uting factors were higher hedging expenses in the U.S. variable annuity business, and the disposal of Allianz Popular in Spain.

“I’m pleased by the quality of our sales in our life and health business segment in the second quarter of 2020 as shown by our robust new business margin,” said Giulio Terzariol. “Our operating profitability remains strong and is well supported by our active risk management measures.”

In the first half-year of 2020, the PVNBP decreased to 29.6 (32.9) billion euros largely because of the lower sales in the German and U.S. life insurance business. Operating profit went down to 1.8 (2.3) billion euros driven mainly due to a favorable one-off profit in the United States in the second quarter of 2019. A lower investment margin due to higher impairments in the first quarter of 2020, higher hedging expenses in the United States, and the disposal of Allianz Popular in Spain also contributed to this development. The new business margin decreased to 2.9 (3.5) percent bringing the value of new business to 851 (1,153) million eu- ros.

Asset Management: third-party assets under management increased by 6.5 percent

  • Third-party assets under management (AuM) increased by 101 billion euros to 1,658 billion euros in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the end of the first quarter of 2020. This development was driven by positive market effects of 102.3 billion euros and net inflows of 25.8 billion euros. Both drivers repre- sent a strong recovery from the first quarter of 2020 which was heavily impacted by COVID-19. Unfavor- able foreign currency translation effects of 28.5 billion euros had an offsetting impact.
  • Total assets under management increased to 2,250 billion euros in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Operating profit decreased by 5.7 percent to 640 (678) million euros in the second quarter of 2020 fol- lowing lower performance fees. In addition, operating expenses increased. As a result, the cost-income ratio (CIR) went up 1.7 percentage points to 62.8 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2019. Adjusted for foreign currency translation effects, operating profit decreasedby 7.2 percent.

“Strong net inflows in a challenging environment clearly show that our Asset Management business segment is in good shape,” said Giulio Terzariol. “Even in times of high uncertainty we are well positioned to continue to deliver a healthy operating performance and to contribute to mid- and long-term value creation of our Asset Management franchise.”

In the first half-year of 2020, operating revenues grew by 5.2 percent to 3.5 billion euros, driven by higher AuM-driven revenues. Our cost-income ratio remained almost unchanged at 62.2 (62.3) percent. Operating profit rose by 5.4 percent to 1,319 (1,251) million euros. On an internal basis, operating profit increased by 3.0 percent. Net outflows, unfavorable market effects, as well as negative foreign currency translation effects resulted in third-party assets under management of 1,658 billion euros – a decrease of 28 billion euros or 1.7 percent, compared to year-end 2019.




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