On 31 March 2012, the Swiss Life Group reported premium income of CHF 6.3 billion

(-2% in local currency) thereby maintaining its course towards profitable growth. The Group also achieved an excellent net investment return of 0.9% (not annualised) in a persistently volatile market environment. Group solvency was 214% as at the end of March.

Bruno Pfister, Group CEO, comments, "We are satisfied with our business development over the first quarter of 2012. First and foremost we managed to consolidate our market position in the strategically important business areas. Our strategy of profitable growth and our efforts in the Group-wide MILESTONE programme are proving their worth in this extremely tough market environment."

Business development in first quarter 2012

In the first quarter of 2012, the Swiss Life Group generated CHF 6 263 million in premium income (-2% in local currency). In the Swiss market premiums rose over the same period last year (adjusted) by 2% to CHF 4 335 million. Ongoing strong demand for full-insurance solutions in occupational provisions was the main contributor to this result. In France premium income fell by 4% in local currency to CHF 1 076 million, with the growth in health business partly offsetting a decline in life business. In Germany Swiss Life grew by 3% in local currency, posting CHF 453 million in premium volume. Most of this growth was accounted for by occupational pensions. The Insurance International segment fell back to CHF 419 million for the first three months of the year, compared to CHF 594 million in the previous year. AWD realised sales revenue of EUR 111.1 million in the first quarter of 2012 (previous year: EUR 135.1 million).

Excellent investment result, Group solvency remains strong

The net investment result for the insurance portfolio developed very positively and in line with expectations, despite the low interest rate environment and volatile market conditions. This was due to the extreme resilience of the investment portfolio. Between January and March 2012 the Group posted a non-annualised net investment return of 0.9%, compared to 1% in the previous year. The Group solvency ratio was 214% on 31 March 2012 (213% on 31 December 2011).

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Sales performance as at 31 March 2012




(in local currency)

Gross written premiums, policy fees and deposits received in CHF m.

IFRS basis, unaudited

Switzerland (1)

4 335

4 234




1 076

1 190













Total (2)

6 263

6 491



Sales revenues in EUR m.

IFRS basis, unaudited 






(1)   Q1 2011: impact from change in the premium due dates following the migration to the new
group business administration system (NVS): CHF -323 m.

(2)   Total contains intersegment elimination of CHF -21 m in Q1 2012, CHF -7 m in Q1 2011
and PPI of CHF 1 m in Q1 2012, CHF 11 m in Q1 2011.


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Swiss Life

The Swiss Life Group is one of Europe's leading providers of life insurance and pension solutions. In Switzerland, France and Germany, the Group offers individuals and corporations comprehensive advice and a broad range of products through its own sales force as well as brokers and banks. Swiss Life provides international corporations with employee benefits solutions from a single source, and is one of the global leaders in structured life and pension products for international high net worth individuals.

The AWD Group has been part of the Swiss Life Group since 2008. Hanover-based AWD is one of the leading European financial services providers in the medium and high-income client segments and offers its clients comprehensive financial advisory services. Germany, the UK, Austria and Switzerland are the AWD Group's core markets.

Swiss Life Holding Ltd, registered in Zurich, was founded in 1857 as Schweizerische Rentenanstalt. The shares of Swiss Life Holding Ltd are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SLHN). The Swiss Life Group employs a staff of around 7500.

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