Covéa Insurance reports solid results despite tough market conditions

23rd April

Covéa Insurance has today announced its financial results for 2013; the first full year since its formation in 2012 following the integration of the former MMA Insurance, Provident Insurance and Gateway Insurance businesses. The company is pleased to report a technical account profit of £15.0m (including allocated investment return) and a combined ratio of 98.8%, delivered in spite of a challenging competitive environment.

After adjusting the 2012 comparatives to show the full year results of the former Provident and Gateway businesses, the company has reported a 17% reduction in gross written premium, reflecting the company’s maintenance of pricing discipline in an extremely competitive market.

  2013 2012
(pro forma)
  £’000 £’000
Gross written premium 385,844 462,672
Technical account profit 14,956 17,516
Combined ratio 98.8% 98.0%

 

The reduction in written premium principally relates to the Personal Lines Motor account, where market rates fell to an extent that the company believes is unjustified by the more modest savings in claims costs that have been delivered by the LASPO reforms. In contrast, Commercial Lines GWP grew by nearly 10% over the year, as a result of a renewed focus on the development of this business under a new leadership team.

From a profitability perspective, both the Personal Lines Motor and Home accounts saw an improvement in the combined ratio on 2012. The Commercial Lines result however was adversely impacted by deterioration on prior year claims reserves.

Announcing the company’s results, James Reader, Chief Executive, commented:

“A priority for last year was the completion of the integration of the three businesses that came together in October 2012 to form Covéa Insurance. Just how well we’ve achieved that goal is testament to the skills, effort and enthusiasm of our great team of people.

From a trading perspective, the Personal Lines market was undoubtedly challenging in 2013. While I would have been delighted to report growth in our first year as Covéa Insurance, we were simply not prepared to follow the market pricing down to levels which we don’t believe are sustainable. We will continue to take a disciplined approach to pricing, focusing on the maintenance of margins rather than volumes.

I’m delighted to say that our ongoing investments in our Commercial Lines team and capabilities are paying dividends and we grew by almost 10% during the year. 2014 will see us continuing to invest in expanding the breadth and scale of our Commercial Lines proposition.

Looking forward, I am very confident that Covéa Insurance has a bright future and is well placed to deliver profitable growth across all lines of business over the coming years.”

 

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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 and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.3 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

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