"I am pleased to report that Swiss Life continued its first half-year's positive business performance in the third quarter of 2015. Our business model is paying off in the ongoing challenging environment," says Patrick Frost, Group CEO. "This provides us with a strong basis for our plans for the coming years that we will present at the Investors' Day at the end of November."
Premium growth and increased fee and commission income
The Swiss Life Group recorded premium income of CHF 14.6 billion in the first three quarters of 2015, which corresponds to 7% year-on-year growth in local currency. Altogether Swiss Life generated fee and commission income of CHF 929 million in the first three quarters of 2015, which corresponds to a rise in local currency of 14% compared with the previous year.
A key contribution to the premium growth was made by the home market of Switzerland, where premium income increased by 6% to CHF 8.7 billion in the first nine months. The group life business grew by 7%, while the individual life business remained virtually unchanged relative to the previous year (-1%). In France Swiss Life achieved an increase in local currency of 6% to CHF 3.4 billion. Thanks to growth of 12% in the life business with a 59% unit-linked share in new business, premium quality was enhanced further. Swiss Life in Germany posted premium income of CHF 930 million in the first three quarters of 2015 (-6% year on year in local currency). The International market unit achieved a 30% increase in premium volume in local currency to CHF 1.6 billion. Swiss Life Asset Managers posted new net assets in its external customer business of CHF 5.1 billion in the first nine months of the year and increased assets under management for external customers to CHF 36.6 billion.
Net investment result and Group solvency ratio
Swiss Life generated direct investment income of CHF 3.3 billion (previous year: CHF 3.3 billion) in the first three quarters of 2015. Altogether the non-annualised direct investment yield as at 30 September 2015 stood at 2.3% (previous year: 2.5%) and the non-annualised net investment result at 2.6% (previous year: 2.9%). Group Solvency I as at 30 September 2015 increased by 5 percentage points to 257% from half-year 2015.
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Gross written premiums, policy fees and deposits received as at 30 September 2015
IFRS basis, unaudited
IFRS basis, unaudited
(1) Total contains intersegment eliminations and reinsurance of CHF ‑43 m in YTD 2015, CHF ‑48 m in YTD 2014.
(2) Total contains intersegment eliminations and reinsurance of CHF ‑14 m in Q3 2015, CHF ‑15 m in Q3 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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