Covéa Insurance announces 2018 results

25th April 2019

Covéa Insurance plc has today announced its financial results for 2018.  The company is reporting a 3.6% increase in gross written premiums to £765.1m, profit after tax of £1.5m and a combined operating ratio of 99.7%.

 

2018

 2017

Gross written premium

£765.1m

£738.5m

Underwriting profit

£1.8m

£12.4m

Profit after tax

£1.5m

£24.1m

Combined operating ratio

99.7%

97.5%

 

The gross written premium (GWP) and combined operating ratio (COR) by main product line were as follows:

 

Personal
Lines
Motor

Personal
Lines
Home


Commercial Lines



Protection

Gross written premium

£389.1m

£117.4m

£207.5m

£51.1m

Combined operating ratio

102.8%

106.1%

89.7%

99.5%


The performance of the company’s commercial lines business was the highlight, delivering 9.0% growth in premiums and a strong improvement in profitability.  By contrast, personal lines premiums were flat in the face of extremely competitive market conditions and strong inflationary claims trends, particularly on motor.

Those trends were the main contributor to the overall reduction in underwriting profitability, with both the frequency of theft claims and the average cost of vehicle repairs increasing significantly.  Home profitability was also impacted by a higher number of large fire claims and adverse weather experience – including the “Beast from the East” freeze event and an increase in subsidence claims following the exceptionally dry summer.

Volatile investment market conditions, associated with the continuing uncertainty around the Brexit process, led to a significant fall in the market value of the company’s investment portfolio during the year, further contributing to the lower level of profit after tax.

Announcing the results, James Reader, Chief Executive, commented:

2018 was a challenging year for our personal lines business, as we faced soft market conditions, adverse weather and a significant increase in claims inflation, particularly in motor. By contrast, our commercial lines business has continued to deliver good levels of premium growth alongside a strong underwriting result.

Looking beyond our financial performance, we’ve continued to deliver market-leading levels of service to our customers and broker partners and have commenced a major programme of investment in new digital technologies, to ensure that we continue to meet their changing expectations.  We’ve also made good progress in creating a more inclusive workplace, and in ensuring Covéa Insurance remains a great place to work for all our people. We are very ambitious as an organisation and I remain confident that we are well placed to deliver on those ambitions.”

 

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About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 17.4 billion Euros in premiums in 2019.  

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 2 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s ‘AA- stable’ rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels.

Employing over 1900 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos.  It holds ServiceMark accreditation with Distinction for its Personal Lines operation and its Commercial & HNW Claims teams, as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial business.  Covéa Insurance is signatory to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the insurance Inclusivity Pledge and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

Recently, Covéa Insurance has been named as the Best Place to Work in Digital (Large Organisations) at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards and as the Best Employer at the Yorkshire Financial Awards.  They were also recipients of the High Net Worth Product of the Year Award at the Insurance Times Awards, the Staff Empowerment Award at the Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance Awards, and the Diversity Award at the British Insurance Awards.

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