15/03/2019 07:42:10

Groupama FY2018 Results - Very sharp increase in net income

Premium income of €14.3 billion, up +4.0%

  • Marked increase in premium income for property and casualty insurance (+2.7%) and for life and health insurance (+5.3%)
  • Continued growth in France (+4.4%) and outside France (+1.6%)

Very sharp growth in net income (+54%) to €450 million

  • Economic operating income of €298 million
  • Realised capital gains following the sale of the Window building in La Défense

A Solvency 2 ratio of 167%

  • Equity of €8.9 billion
  • Mutual insurance certificate outstandings of €540 million at 31 December 2018

“Above all, the high point of 2018 will remain the remutualisation of the governing body, which gives back to our Group its original coherence. On the economic level, the year ends with a very sharp increase in our net income in spite of an unfavourable second half of the year both in terms of claims experience and financial market.” stated Jean-Yves Dagès, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles.

“We posted a 4% increase in premium income testifying to the vitality of the Group and its commercial networks. Our insurance operating income remained stable despite a net claim experience above our expectations, both in terms of climate-related events and severe losses. Those figures reflect the strength of the Group’s operating fundamentals helped by our dedication to the quality of service to our members and customers.” added Thierry Martel, CEO of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles.

Paris, 15 March 2019 – The Board of Directors of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles met on 14 March 2019, under the chairmanship of Jean-Yves Dagès, and approved the Group’s combined financial statements and the consolidated accounts of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles for fiscal year 2018.

The Group’s combined financial statements include all business of the Group as a whole (i.e. the activity of the regional mutuals and of the subsidiaries consolidated within Groupama Assurances Mutuelles). The consolidated accounts of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles include the business activity of all subsidiaries as well as internal reinsurance (around 35% of the premium income of the regional mutuals ceded to Groupama Assurances Mutuelles).

The analysis below focuses on the combined scope. The key figures of the consolidated scope are presented in the notes.

 Increased activity in all business lines

At 31 December 2018, Groupama’s combined premium income stood at €14.3 billion, a +4.0% increase from 31 December 2017.

Business activity was up for property and casualty insurance (+2.7%), where the Group generated €7.4 billion in premium income at 31 December 2018, and for life and health insurance (+5.3%), for which premium income reached €6.7 billion.

Groupama’s combined premium income at 31 December 2018

in millions of euros

31/12/2018Like-for-like change (%)
Property and casualty insurance7,389+2.7%
Life and health insurance 6,706+5.3%
Financial businesses 169+15.1%

GROUP TOTAL

14,263

+4.0%

  •  In France

Insurance premium income in France at 31 December 2018 amounted to €11.6 billion, up +4.4% compared with 31 December 2017.

In property and casualty insurance, premium income totalled €5,621 million at 31 December 2018, up +2.0%. Insurance for individuals and professionals increased +2.2% over the period to €3,357 million, driven by the growth of the home insurance (+3.2% to €1,082 million), motor insurance (+2.0% to €1,567 million), and professional risks (+1.7% to €455 million) segments. The Group is pursuing its commercial growth in its main markets and posted growth in its home portfolio (+26,000 policies). The growth in agricultural business (+0.8%) and the assistance activity (+19.1%) also contributed to the increase in property and casualty insurance premium income.

In life and health insurance, premium income amounted to €5,936 million, up +6.8% compared with 31 December 2017. Group premium income for life and capitalisation in France rose +7.9% in a market up +4% at the end of December 2018 (source: FFA). This change was mainly driven by the growth in individual unit-linked savings/pensions (+11.3%), the growth in contracts in euros being lower (+1.0%), and by the exceptional growth of the group retirement branch (+64.3%). In health insurance, premium income grew +5.9% compared with the previous period, supported by strong development in group health (+13.5%) and the consolidation of individual health (+1.3%).

  • International

The Group is present in 9 countries around the world, mainly in Europe. It has growth opportunities in China, a country in which it ranks second among foreign non-life insurers with €300 million in premium income[1]. In 2018, international activity rose +1.6% to €2.5 billion at 31 December 2018.

In property and casualty insurance, premium income was up +4.9% from the previous period at €1,768 million at 31 December 2018. This growth is mainly linked to the good performance of motor insurance in all the subsidiaries (+6.3%) and of home insurance (+4.5%) mainly in Hungary and Italy.

In life and health insurance, the €770 million in premium income was down -5.3% from 2017, with contrasting changes between the segments. The individual retirement savings activity was down -12.6%, particularly in Italy, as a result of the end of an agreement with a major partner and the subsidiary’s strategy to limit inflows in euros in accordance with the Group’s guidelines. Meanwhile, group insurance surged +12.2%, following on the strong growth in the group retirement (+30.7%) and the group health (+24.6%) segments, mainly in Greece and Italy.

   

  • Financial businesses

The Group’s premium income was €169 million, including €164 million from Groupama Asset Management and €5 million from Groupama Epargne Salariale.

Groupama Asset Management’s outstanding assets amounted to €99.4 billion at 31 December 2018, taking into account the development of third-party asset management, particularly in Italy and Spain.


[1] On a basis of 100% of the premium income ofGroupama Avic China, an equity-method entity in Groupama’s combined financial statements

Strong increase in net income

The group’s net income was up significantly by 54% to €450 million at 31 December 2018 versus €292 million at 31 December 2017.

It included total economic operating income of €298 million at 31 December 2018 compared with €349 million at 31 December 2017.

Economic operating income from insurance was €354 million in 2018.

In life and health insurance, economic operating income reached €282 million in 2018, up €20 million from 2017. This increase was mainly due to the improvement of the technical margin in France in health insurance.

Economic operating income in property and casualty insurance totalled €72 million in 2018 compared with €102 million in 2017. The non-life net combined ratio was 99.3% at 31 December 2018, up +0.4 points from 2017, masking an improvement in the ratio in France of

-0.2 points to 98.6%. 2018 was marked by an increase in the cost of severe claims and a decrease in climate claims after a 2017 affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the West Indies. 

The operating expense ratio improved by -0.3 points to 27.7%.

The economic operating profit from banking and financial activities amounted to +€34 million at 31 December 2018, and the Group’s holding activity posted an economic operating loss of -€89 million, including less tax consolidation income in 2018 compared with 2017.

Net income also includes non-recurring realised capital gains for a total of €351 million as of  31 December 2018, notably as a result of the sale of the Window building in La Défense.

A solid balance sheet

The group’s equity totalled €8.9 billion at 31 December 2018. In particular, it includes the mutual insurance certificates issued by Groupama since the end of 2015 for €540 million, including €104 million collected in 2018.

Following the successful €500 million issue of subordinated instruments in September 2018, subordinated debt recognised as equity and subordinated debt not recognised as equity totalled €2.7 billion at 31 December 2018 compared with €2.2 billion at 31 December 2017.

At 31 December 2018, insurance investments stood at €85.2 billion versus €87.2 billion at 31 December 2017. The Group’s unrealised capital gains reached €8.0 billion at 31 December 2018, including €5.2 billion from the bond portfolio, €0.6 billion from the equity portfolio, and €2.2 billion from property.

On 29 October 2018, Fitch Ratings confirmed the ‘A-’ Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings of Groupama Assurances Mutuelles and its subsidiaries and raised the outlook associated with these ratings to ‘Positive’.

 At 31 December 2018, the Solvency 2 ratio was 297%. Groupama calculates its Group Solvency 2 ratio including the transitional measure on technical reserves authorised by the ACPR. Without the transitional measure on technical reserves, the solvency ratio is 167%.

Group Communications Department

Press contacts

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Analyst and investor contacts:

Guillaume Fregni – + 33 (0)1 44 56 28 56

guillaume.fregni@groupama.com

Joséphine Leblanc – +33 (0)1 44 56 32 37

josephine.leblanc@groupama.com

 

Yvette Baudron - +33 (0)1 44 56 72 53

yvette.baudron@groupama.com

Valérie Buffard – +33 (0)1 44 56 74 54

valerie.buffard@groupama.com

 

* * *

Groupama financial information on the accounts closed at 31/12/2018 includes:

  • This press release, which is available on the groupama.com website,

  • Groupama’s combined financial statements at 31/12/2018, which will be posted on the

    www.groupama.com

website on 21 March 2019 for the French version and 25 April 2019 for the English version.

  • Groupama Assurances Mutuelles’ registration document, which will be filed with the AMF on 25 April 2019 and posted on the groupama.com website on 26 April 2019.

  • Get all the latest news about Groupama

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    • and on Twitter: @GroupeGroupama

     

    Appendix 1:

    Key figures for Groupama – combined financial statements

    A. Premium income

     201720182018/2017

     

    Reported premium incomePro forma premium income*Reported premium incomeChange **

    € million

    as %

    > FRANCE

    11,066

    11,066

    11,556

    +4.4%

    Life and health insurance5,543 5,5555,936+6.8%
    Property and casualty insurance5,5235,5115,621+2.0%

    > INTERNATIONAL & Overseas

    2,605

    2,498

    2,537

    +1.6%

    Life and health insurance840813770-5.3%
    Property and casualty insurance1,7651,6851,768+4.9%

    TOTAL INSURANCE

    13,672

    13,564

    14,094

    +3.9%

    FINANCIAL BUSINESSES

    147147169+15.1%

    TOTAL

    13,819

    13,711

    14,263

    +4.0%

    * Based on comparable data

    ** change on a like-for-like exchange rate and consolidation basis

    B. Economic operating income*

    € million

    201720182018/2017 change
    Insurance – France280311+31
    Insurance – International8443-41
    Financial businesses3234+2
    Holding companies-46-89-43

    TOTAL

    349

    298

    -51

    *

    Economic operating income

    : equals net income adjusted for realised capital gains and losses, long-term impairment provision allocations and write-backs, and unrealised capital gains and losses on financial assets recognised at fair value (all such items are net of profit sharing and corporate income tax). Also adjusted are non-recurring items net of corporate income tax, impairment of value of business in force, impairment of goodwill (net of corporate income tax), and external financing expenses.

    C.Net income

     201720182018/2017 change

    € million

    Economic operating income

    349

    298

    -51

    Net realised capital gains*208351+143
    Net income from discontinued business activities136-2-138
    Long-term impairment losses on financial instruments*-7-70
    Gains and losses on financial assets and derivatives recognised at fair value*40-25-65
    Financing expenses-57-570
    Goodwill impairment-580+58
    Other expenses and income-318-109+209

    Net income

    292

    450

    +158

    * amounts net of profit sharing and corporate tax

    Contribution of businesses to combined net income

    € million

    20172018
    Insurance and services – France163389
    Insurance - international subsidiaries9124
    Financial and banking businesses-3-24
    Holding and other4161

    Net income

    292

    450

    D. Balance sheet

    € million

    20172018
    Equity, group share *8,9128,884
    Subordinated instruments 2,2352,732
    - classified as equity instruments 1,0991,099
    - classified as “Financing debt”1,1361,633
    Gross unrealised capital gains10,3948,030
    Total balance sheet98,95796,833

    * including perpetual subordinated debt recognised as equity instruments

    E. Main ratios

     

    20172018
    Non-life net combined ratio98.9%99.3%
    Debt-to-equity ratio* 25.9%28.4%
    Solvency 2 ratio**315%297%
    Solvency 2 ratio (without transitional measure)174%167%

    * ratio calculated using the method applied by our rating agency 

    ** incorporating the transitional measure on technical reserves in accordance with the regulatory provisions

    Appendix 2:  Key figures for Groupama Assurances Mutuelles

    Consolidated financial statements

    A/ Premium income

     201720182018/2017

     

    Reported premium incomePro forma premium income*Reported premium incomeChange **

    € million

    as %

    > FRANCE

    7,548

    7,548

    7,939

    +5.2%

    Life and health insurance4,2004,2114,548+8.0%
    Property and casualty insurance3,3493,3373,391+1.6%

    > INTERNATIONAL & Overseas

    2,605

    2,498

    2,537

    +1.6%

    Life and health insurance840813770-5.3%
    Property and casualty insurance1,7651,6851,768+4.9%

    TOTAL INSURANCE

    10,154

    10,046

    10,477

    +4.3%

    FINANCIAL BUSINESSES

    150150173+15.2%

    TOTAL

    10,304

    10,196

    10,650

    +4.4%

    * Based on comparable data

    ** change on a like-for-like exchange rate and consolidation basis

    B/ Economic operating income*

    € million

    201720182018/2017 change
    Insurance – France125194+69
    Insurance – International8443-41
    Financial businesses3234+2
    Holding companies-45-89-44

    Economic operating income*

    196

    182

    -14

    *

    Economic operating income

    : equals net income adjusted for realised capital gains and losses, long-term impairment provision allocations and write-backs, and unrealised capital gains and losses on financial assets recognised at fair value (all such items are net of profit sharing and corporate income tax). Also adjusted are non-recurring items net of corporate income tax, impairment of value of business in force, impairment of goodwill (net of corporate income tax), and external financing expenses.

    C/ Net income

    € million

    201720182018/2017 change

     

    Economic operating income

    196

    182

    -14

    Net realised capital gains*135287+152
    Net income from discontinued business activities136-2-138
    Long-term impairment losses on financial instruments*-8-3+5
    Gains and losses on financial assets and derivatives recognised at fair value*29-2-31
    Financing expenses-57-570
    Goodwill impairment-580+58
    Other expenses and income-286-86+200

    Net income

    87

    319

    +232

    * amounts net of profit sharing and corporate tax

    Contribution of business activities to consolidated net income

    € million

    20172018
    Insurance and services – France-43255
    International insurance9124
    Financial and banking businesses-3-24
    Groupama Assurances Mutuelles, holding and other4264

    Net income

    87

    319

    D/ Balance sheet

    € million

    20172018
    Equity, group share*5,2575,274
    Subordinated instruments 2,2352,732
    - classified as equity instruments 1,0991,099
    - classified as “Financing debt”1,1361,633
    Gross unrealised capital gains9,2857,279
    Total balance sheet90,64588,506

    * including perpetual subordinated debt recognised as equity instruments

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