Allianz Posts 29% Drop in Q1 Net Profit as COVID-19 Crisis Slows Business

May 12, 2020

German insurer Allianz said on Tuesday that a key measure of capital may fall below the company’s target floor level as it faces claims for disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Allianz, which earlier reported a nearly 30% slump in first-quarter profit, is one of many European insurers warning about the outlook as clients claim for business interruption and canceled events, while demand for car and travel insurance has fallen.

Its so-called solvency ratio dropped to 190% in the first quarter, down from 212% at the end of last year, and Chief Financial Officer Giulio Terzariol said it may fall below the insurer’s 180% limit although this would not be a “big concern.”

Shares in Allianz were down 2.7% in late morning trade, at the bottom of the German DAX blue-chip index.

Net profit attributable to shareholders of 1.4 billion euros ($1.51 billion) in the first quarter was down from 2.0 billion euros a year ago. [Editor’s note: this is a decrease of 28.9%].

The insurer had already flagged the drop last month when it published preliminary figures. It also abandoned its profit target for the full year, blaming economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic.

A slump in the property and casualty division, which insures homes and cars and against accidental injuries, may contribute to a 10% drop in the group’s operating profit this year, Terzariol said.

“COVID-19 has aggravated operating conditions (there),” he said.

Allianz’s combined ratio, a measure of profitability for the division, one of its highest revenue earners, worsened to 97.8% in the first quarter, up 4.1 percentage points from a year earlier. Readings below 100% indicate profitability.

($1 = 0.9252 euros) (Reporting by Tom Sims and Alexander Huebner; editing by Kirsten Donovan Editing by Michelle Martin, Kirsten Donovan)

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