Allianz bounces back with bumper profit
GERMAN insurance heavyweight Allianz announced a bumper thirdquarter profit, turning around a slump prompted by higher payouts for natural disasters.
The group said it increased net profit to 1.95 billion euros (US$2.1 billion) between July and September, an increase of 35 percent.
The result outdid the expectations of a net profit of 1.6 billion.
Allianz is now on course to meet its full-year target of 10.5 billion euros in underlying, or operating profit over the full year after earning just over 8 billion in the first nine months, chief financial officer Dieter Wemmer said in a statement.
“Efforts to develop our business in a very difficult environment are paying off,” Mr Wemmer said.
In its statement, Allianz pointed to a “better performance across its business segments” to explain the rise in profits.
The group highlighted its property and casualty insurance division, which increased operating profit more than 4pc compared with the third quarter in 2015.
A wave of heavy floods and storms in Europe had knocked more than 15pc off the unit’s operating profit over the first half of 2016.
Meanwhile, the third quarter also saw Allianz increase overall revenues 0.5pc to 27.7 billion euros.
Declining revenues in the group’s asset management division were offset by growth in the life and health insurance unit.
Like other insurance and financial sector firms, Allianz has struggled with historic low interest rates, which make it more difficult to earn high returns. –