Strong performance of our insurance activities
Insurance net profit of EUR 155 million, +15%;
Group inflows at EUR 5.7 billion, +17%;
Life inflows at EUR 4.1 billion, +14%
Non-Life inflows at EUR 1.6 billion, +27%
Life Funds under management scope-on-scope at EUR 65.6 billion, up 2% vs. end 2011;
Group net result at EUR 84 million negative, mainly impacted by legacies
Shareholders' equity up, solvency strong and stable
Shareholders' equity at EUR 8.3 billion, EUR 3.48 per share, +8% vs. end 2011;
Insurance solvency at 207%; Group solvency ratio at 237%; available capital EUR 5.1 billion above the minimum requirements; net cash position of EUR 1.3 billion ;
Net exposure to Southern European sovereigns at EUR 2.3 billion, down by EUR 0.7 billion vs. end 2011.
CEO Bart De Smet said:
"Our insurance activities have started well in 2012, with improved inflows and profits in nearly all segments of our activities, especially in Asia where we, for the first time, passed the EUR 2 billion per quarter inflow level. The main exception to this generally improved picture is the result of Fire in Belgium, which was impacted by a severe storm in January.
By reaching an agreement with BNP Paribas on the RPN(I) and the Tier 1 Instrument, we made additional progress in solving the outstanding legacies. We also announced initiatives to further simplify our legal structure. We received a number of court decisions related to various legal procedures and will appeal those we disagree with.
While giving the required attention to the legacy issues, we remain focused on our operational priorities so that we will continue to strengthen Ageas' position as a solid international insurance company. The operational results of the first quarter show that we are indeed on the right path. We expect inflows levels for 2012 to outperform 2011."
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