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HANNOVER RÜCK SE

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PRESS RELEASE: Hannover Re posts further double-digit growth and confirms profit target

05/05/2021 | 01:32am EDT
DGAP-News: Hannover Rück SE / Key word(s): Quarter Results 
Hannover Re posts further double-digit growth and confirms profit target 
2021-05-05 / 07:30 
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. 
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Corporate news 
Hannover Re posts further double-digit growth and confirms profit target 
  . Gross premium up by 16.8% adjusted for exchange rate effects 
  . No new pandemic-related losses in property and casualty reinsurance 
  . Life and health reinsurance still impacted by pandemic; losses expected to relax appreciably from the second 
    quarter onwards 
  . Return on investment reaches 2.5% 
  . Group net income rises by 1.7% to EUR 305.9 million 
  . Return on equity beats minimum target at 11.1% 
  . Profit target for 2021 confirmed 
Hannover, 5 May 2021: Hannover Re again posted double-digit growth in premium income in the first quarter and at the 
same time delivered modestly improved Group net income. 
"We are off to a good start in the current financial year," said Jean-Jacques Henchoz, Chief Executive Officer of 
Hannover Re. "Hannover Re is superbly placed to benefit from the sustained improvements in prices and conditions in our 
market. Even though the pandemic has now been with us for more than a year, our robust capital resources remain 
unchanged thanks to our outstanding risk management." 
Hannover Re's capital adequacy ratio at the end of March was 252% and hence continues to be comfortably above the limit 
of 180% and threshold of 200%. 
Group gross premium shows further double-digit growth 
The gross written premium booked by Hannover Re rose by 11.9% as at 31 March 2021 to EUR 7.8 billion (EUR 7.0 billion). 
Adjusted for exchange rate effects, growth would have amounted to 16.8%. Net premium earned climbed by 11.7% to EUR 5.7 
billion (EUR 5.1 billion). Growth would have reached 16.4% at constant exchange rates. 
The operating profit (EBIT) contracted by 5.3% to EUR 403.8 million (EUR 426.6 million). Group net income increased by 
1.7% to EUR 305.9 million (EUR 300.9 million). Earnings per share amounted to EUR 2.54 (EUR 2.49). 
Sharply improved profitability in property and casualty reinsurance 
Hannover Re was thoroughly satisfied overall with the renewal of its property and casualty reinsurance portfolio as at 
1 January 2021. Roughly two-thirds of the treaties here were renegotiated on this date. The average price increase 
amounted to 5.5%, reflecting further improvements in prices and conditions that varied in scope across all lines and 
regions. 
Gross written premium grew by 14.2% as at the end of March to EUR 5.7 billion (EUR 5.0 billion); the increase would 
have been 20.1% adjusted for exchange rate effects. Net premium earned was up by 15.7% at EUR 3.9 billion (EUR 3.3 
billion); at constant exchange rates, it would have risen by 21.5% . 
Net expenditure on major losses was lower than in the previous year at EUR 193.2 million (EUR 283.6 million). No 
further net strains were incurred here in relation to Covid-19. The largest individual losses included the outbreak of 
extreme winter weather in the US state of Texas with net expenditure of EUR 75.4 million, an industrial loss in Germany 
at a cost of EUR 34.8 million as well as flooding in Australia amounting to EUR 19.5 million. Overall, the combined 
ratio improved substantially to 96.2% (99.8%). 
The underwriting result for property and casualty reinsurance including interest on funds withheld and contract 
deposits came in well above the previous year's level at EUR 147.3 million (EUR 7.2 million). The operating profit 
(EBIT) in property and casualty reinsurance climbed by 6.3% to EUR 324.0 million (EUR 304.7 million). Net income in 
property and casualty reinsurance amounted to EUR 269.2 million (EUR 207.3 million) as at 31 March 2021 despite 
appreciable exchange rate losses. 
Pandemic-related losses in life and health reinsurance largely offset by special effect 
Life and health reinsurance saw continued strong demand worldwide, especially in the area of financial solutions. 
Solutions for the coverage of longevity risks similarly showed increasing demand, especially in the United Kingdom but 
also of late in Germany. All in all, the environment for life and health reinsurance was favourable. Additional strains 
were nevertheless incurred from the Covid-19 pandemic in an amount of EUR 151 million, although these were largely 
offset by positive one-time income of EUR 129.3 million from restructuring in US mortality business. The burden of 
losses caused by the pandemic will likely already start to recede appreciably from the second quarter onwards as 
immunisation rates rise with ongoing vaccination campaigns. 
Gross written premium grew by 6.1% to EUR 2.1 billion (EUR 2.0 billion), corresponding to an increase of 8.6% adjusted 
for exchange rate effects. Net premium earned was up by 4.0% at EUR 1.8 billion (EUR 1.8 billion); it would have risen 
by 6.7% at constant exchange rates. 
The operating result (EBIT) for life and health reinsurance contracted by 35.6% to EUR 80.1 million (EUR 124.2 
million). Net income in life and health reinsurance fell sharply by 55.7% to EUR 48.8 million (EUR 110.2 million). 
Very pleasing investment income despite protracted low interest rate environment 
The portfolio of assets under own management grew to EUR 52.5 billion in the first quarter (31 December 2020: EUR 49.2 
billion). Ordinary investment income excluding interest on funds withheld and contract deposits amounted to EUR 313.2 
million (EUR 326.3 million). Net gains on disposals came in somewhat lower at EUR 90.2 million (EUR 101.9 million). 
Impairments totalled EUR 21.1 million (EUR 28.6 million). Altogether, income of EUR 313.5 million (EUR 386.1 million) 
was generated from assets under own management. This produced an annualised return of 2.5%, slightly higher than the 
full-year target of 2.4%. 
Interest on funds withheld and contract deposits surged appreciably to EUR 130.5 million (EUR 85.6 million). Total net 
investment income including interest on funds withheld and contract deposits contracted as expected by 5.9% to EUR 
444.0 million (EUR 471.7 million). 
Return on equity beats minimum target at 11.1% 
The shareholders' equity of Hannover Re increased slightly by 0.4% as at 31 March 2021 to EUR 11.0 billion (31 December 
2020: EUR 11.0 billion). The annualised return on equity reached 11.1% (31 December 2020: 8.2%), thus beating the 
target of 900 basis points above the risk-free interest rate. The book value per share amounted to EUR 91.57 (31 
December 2020: EUR 91.17). 
Profit target for 2021 confirmed 
"The first quarter puts in place a solid basis for achieving the goals that we have set ourselves for the full 2021 
financial year," Henchoz said. "Hannover Re already dealt with the bulk of the expected pandemic-related strains in the 
2020 financial year. With increasingly widespread vaccinations we will be able to progressively return to a more normal 
life. For us, as a reinsurer, this means that we only need to anticipate further losses from the pandemic on a 
manageable scale. As an additional factor, prices and conditions in property and casualty reinsurance are continuing to 
improve. All this gives me confidence that we will achieve our full-year targets." 
On the Group level Hannover Re continues to expect net income in the range of EUR 1.15 billion to EUR 1.25 billion for 
the 2021 financial year. The return on investment is anticipated to be roughly 2.4% and Group gross premium is forecast 
to show growth in the upper single-digit percentages adjusted for exchange rate effects. The net major loss budget for 
2021 is set at EUR 1.1 billion (EUR 975 million). This adjustment was prompted primarily by the growth in the 
underlying business. 
Hannover Re renews business in Japan and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand, Asian markets and North America 
as at 1 April. Building on the 1 January 2021 renewals, these negotiations concluded favourably. The premium volume 
grew by altogether 7.4%. The price increase for the renewed business amounted to 5.0%. 
Hannover Re envisages an unchanged payout ratio for the ordinary dividend in the range of 35% to 45% of its IFRS Group 
net income. The ordinary dividend will be supplemented by payment of a special dividend subject to a continued 
comfortable level of capitalisation and Group net income within the bounds of expectations. 
Going forward, sustainability considerations will exert an even greater influence on the selection and composition of 
Hannover Re's investments. In conformity with the Paris Agreement on climate change, Hannover Re is actively reducing 
the carbon intensity of its investments. What is more, Hannover Re is increasingly investing in - among other things - 
sustainable infrastructure investments and impact investment funds, the goal of which is to generate not only a 
favourable financial return but also and above all measurably positive effects on the environment and society. 
The virtual Annual General Meeting of Hannover Rück SE is also being held on today's date. The Executive Board and 
Supervisory Board have proposed an ordinary dividend of EUR 4.50 per share for the 2020 financial year. 
Hannover Re, with gross premium of more than EUR 24 billion, is the third-largest reinsurer in the world. It transacts 
all lines of property & casualty and life & health reinsurance and is present on all continents with more than 3,000 
staff. Established in 1966, the Hannover Re Group today has a network of more than 170 subsidiaries, branches and 
representative offices worldwide. The Group's German business is written by the subsidiary E+S Rück. The rating 
agencies most relevant to the insurance industry have awarded both Hannover Re and E+S Rück outstanding financial 
strength ratings: Standard & Poor's AA- "Very Strong" and A.M. Best A+ "Superior". 
Please note the disclaimer: 
https://www.hannover-re.com/535917 
Contact 
Corporate Communications: 
Karl Steinle 

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Sales 2021 26 589 M 32 231 M 32 231 M
Net income 2021 1 272 M 1 542 M 1 542 M
Net Debt 2021 - - -
P/E ratio 2021 14,1x
Yield 2021 3,93%
Capitalization 17 951 M 21 843 M 21 760 M
Capi. / Sales 2021 0,68x
Capi. / Sales 2022 0,65x
Nbr of Employees 3 218
Free-Float 49,8%
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