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Strong FY2015 results, bonus dividend cancelled

  • 23 Feb 16

Preliminary net profit attributable to shareholders was $938m for Q4 15 compared to $246m for Q4 14. Net profit attributable to shareholders rose by 31% to $4.6bn for FY2015 compared to FY2014. Premiums earned decreased by 3% to $30.2bn for FY2015 compared to FY2014 due to the strong $, it was up by 4% at constant currency. Claims declined by 7% to $9.85bn for FY2015. The group’s P&C combined ratio was again a low 86.0% for 2015 compared to 83.7% in 2014. Swiss Re’s return on investment (RoI) was 3.5% in 2015 compared to 3.7% in FY2014. Shareholders’ equity was down by 7% to $33.5bn at the end of 2015 versus the end of 2014. The RoE after tax of Swiss Re was 13.7% for FY2015 compared to 10.5% for FY2014. The regular dividend proposal per share increased from CHF4.25 for FY2014 to CHF4.60 for FY2015. However, the additional special dividend of CHF3.00 (2013: CHF4.15) for FY2014 was cancelled. Swiss Re announced another public share buy-back of up to CHF1.0bn. Swiss Re gave a mixed outlook regarding the January 2016 renewals. Swiss Re renewed $8.8bn of the $8.6bn premium volume up for renewal, representing an increase of 3%. The decrease in risk-adjusted price quality was 3 percentage points to 102%. Swiss Re's Board of Directors announced that Christian Mumenthaler, currently CEO of Reinsurance, will become Group Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re as of 1 July 2016. Michel M Liès will retire.