"Swiss Life got off to a good start in the first quarter of 2015," says Patrick Frost, Group CEO. "The fact that we had already achieved most of the goals under our 'Swiss Life 2015' programme in 2014 is helping us navigate an environment where interest rates have fallen to even lower levels. At the same time we are acting swiftly to adapt our product offering to the changing market environment on an ongoing basis. The positive development in fee and commission income shows that we are making further progress with the diversification of profit sources."
Business development in the first quarter of 2015
In the first three months of 2015, Swiss Life generated premium income of CHF 7.4 billion. This corresponds to an increase of 11% in local currency compared to the first quarter of the previous year (CHF 6.9 billion). In its home market of Switzerland, Swiss Life grew premiums by 8% to CHF 5.3 billion (Q1 2014: CHF 4.9 billion). This was driven by both continued strong demand for full-insurance solutions from the Swiss SME sector and growth in individual life business. In France, premiums amounted to CHF 1.1 billion, which represents a rise of 8% in local currency. With unit-linked business representing more than 60% of new business, premium quality in life business was further enhanced. Swiss Life in Germany posted premium income of CHF 355 million in the first three months of 2015 – a decline of 4% in local currency. The International market unit generated premium volume of CHF 606 million (Q1 2014: CHF 404 million). Swiss Life Asset Managers posted net new assets of CHF 1.5 billion in external customer business in the first three months of 2015.
Overall Swiss Life generated fee and commission income of CHF 316 million in the first quarter of 2015. This 15% rise in local currency (+6% in Swiss francs) is driven by growth within Swiss Life Asset Managers, in the owned IFA channels and in unit-linked business in France.
Resilient investment income and strong group solvency ratio
Thanks to the high quality of its investment portfolio, Swiss Life maintained direct investment income in the first quarter of 2015 on a par with the previous year at CHF 1.1 billion (Q1 2014: CHF 1.1 billion). This gave a non-annualised direct investment yield of 0.7% as at 31 March 2015 (Q1 2014: 0.8%); the non-annualised net investment result in the same period came to 0.9% (Q1 2014: 1.0%). Group solvency as at 31 March 2015 (based on Solvency I) rose by 15 percentage points from its end-2014 level to 284%. Excluding unrealised gains and losses on bonds, the Group's solvency ratio stood at 193% (FY 2014: 196%).
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Gross written premiums, policy fees and deposits received as at 31 March 2015
IFRS basis, unaudited
(1) Total contains intersegment eliminations and reinsurance of CHF -13 million in Q1 2015, CHF -14 million in Q1 2014.
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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 and approximately 4500 certified financial advisors.
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