Patrick Frost, Group CEO, comments, "Swiss Life was able to continue its first half-year's profitable growth and pleasing business performance into the third quarter of 2014. In the process, Swiss Life expanded its market position and, by growing fee and commission income, succeeded in driving forward diversification. The results of the third quarter indicate that we are on track to meet our targets under the Group-wide programme 'Swiss Life 2015'."
Sustained positive business development in the third quarter of 2014
Over the first nine months of 2014, Swiss Life grew premium income by CHF 14.4 billion, which corresponds to a 6% rise in local currency terms (Q1-Q3 2013: CHF 13.7 billion). A key driver for this positive performance was the home market of Switzerland, where Swiss Life registered premium growth of 13% to CHF 8.2 billion (Q1-Q3 2013: CHF 7.3 billion). Both occupational pensions business (+12%) and individual life business (+17%) contributed to this increase. In France Swiss Life reported growth in local currency of 7% to CHF 3.6 billion (Q1-Q3 2013: CHF 3.4 billion). Premium quality in life business was maintained at a high level with unit-linked contracts representing a 54% share of new business. Swiss Life in Germany generated premium income in the first three quarters of 2014 of CHF 1.1 billion. This decline of 5% in local currency, compared to the same period in the previous year, is attributable to rate adjustments and streamlining of the product range. The International market unit recorded premium volume of CHF 1.4 billion (Q1-Q3 2013: CHF 1.8 billion) together with fee and commission income growth of 6%. Swiss Life Asset Managers posted net new asset inflows of CHF 3.2 billion in its external customer business over the first three quarters of the year and increased assets under management for external customers to CHF 31.8 billion. Overall, Swiss Life generated fee and commission income in the first three quarters of 2014 of CHF 890 million. This 8% rise is attributable to growth within Swiss Life Asset Managers, in the independent advisor channels in all market units and in unit-linked insurance in France.
Attractive investment yield and strong group solvency ratio
Thanks to the high quality and resilience of its investment portfolio, Swiss Life generated a non-annualised direct investment yield of 2.5% as at 30 September 2014 (Q1-Q3 2013: 2.6%). The non-annualised net investment result in the first nine months of 2014 stood at 2.9% (Q1-Q3 2013: 3.1%). The group solvency ratio as at 30 September 2014 climbed 11 percentage points from its half-year 2014 level to 254%. Excluding unrealised gains and losses on bonds, the Group's solvency ratio rose to 200% (up 2 percentage points on the half-year 2014 figure).
Group-wide programme "Swiss Life 2015" on track
Swiss Life made further progress in its Group-wide programme "Swiss Life 2015". Thanks to its strict cost management, Swiss Life had already implemented over 90% of the planned cost-savings measures by 30 September 2014. Furthermore, the product mix in new business has been maintained at the target level, with an 82% share generated through modern and risk products.
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Gross written premiums, policy fees and deposits received
as at 30 September 2014
(in local currency)
IFRS basis, unaudited
(in local currency)
IFRS basis, unaudited
Total contains intersegment eliminations and reinsurance of CHF -48 m in Q3 2014, CHF -67 m in Q3 2013.
Total contains intersegment eliminations and reinsurance of CHF -15 m in Q3 2014, CHF -22 m in Q3 2013.
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The Swiss Life Group is one of Europe's leading comprehensive life and pensions and financial solutions providers. In its core markets of Switzerland, France and Germany, Swiss Life offers individuals and corporations comprehensive and individual advice plus a broad range of own and partner products through its sales force and distribution partners such as brokers and banks.
Swiss Life Select, tecis, HORBACH, Proventus and Chase de Vere advisors choose suitable products for customers from the market according to the Best Select approach. Swiss Life Asset Managers offers institutional and private investors access to investment and asset management solutions. Swiss Life provides multinational corporations with employee benefits solutions and high net worth individuals with structured life and pensions products.
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 two subsidiaries Livit and CORPUS SIREO are also part of the Swiss Life Group. The Group employs a workforce of around 7500, with approximately 4500 certified financial advisors.
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