Nationale Suisse receives "A-" Rating (Excellent) with a positive outlook from A.M. Best and increases profit payout ratio

Nationale Suisse / Nationale Suisse receives "A-" Rating (Excellent) with a positive outlook from A.M. Best and increases profit payout ratio . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. Nationale Suisse has once again received a financial strength rating of "A-" (Excellent) with a positive outlook from A.M. Best. In view of the strong equity base acknowledged by A.M. Best, the insurance company is increasing the spread of the payout ratio of the profit attributable to shareholders to between 40 % and 60 %. A payout ratio of a minimum of 40 % for the 2013 profit will thus be proposed to the upcoming Annual General Meeting. The rating agency A.M. Best has confirmed the financial strength rating of Nationale Suisse and assigned the international insurance group an "A-" rating (Excellent) with a continuing positive outlook. With this rating, A.M. Best has acknowledged the solid overall operating performance and the strong capitalisation of the Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd, the parent company of the Nationale Suisse group. The rating, however, also takes into account the business profile of Nationale Suisse, which is increasingly oriented towards specialty lines and specific target groups in the private and corporate client segment. This seal of quality is a crucial factor for Nationale Suisse's success in driving forward profitable growth in the specialty lines business at an international level. It attests that Nationale Suisse is in an excellent financial position to meet its ongoing and future insurance obligations. Higher payout ratio thanks to a strong equity base The company's continued strong performance acknowledged by A.M. Best is an indication of the robust financial position of Nationale Suisse. This will enable the company to make the most of opportunities for growth and comfortably finance them in part from equity capital. On basis of this, the Board of Directors of Nationale Suisse has now decided to seek a payout ratio of the profit attributable to shareholders of between 40 % and 60 %; previously, a spread of 35 % to 50 % applied. The company will propose to the 2014 Annual General Meeting a payout ratio of a minimum of 40 % of the profit for 2013; in recent years, the effective ratio stood at a minimum of 35 %. "In this way we want to allow the shareholders to have a greater share in the company's success in line with our medium-term ambitions for growth", stresses Hans Künzle, CEO of Nationale Suisse. Further information A.M. Best's press release on the rating of Nationale Suisse can be accessed via the following link: Brief profile Nationale Suisse is an innovative, international and independent Swiss insurance group providing first-rate risk and pension solutions in non-life and life business as well as a growing number of tailored specialty lines products. Consolidated gross premiums came to CHF 1.51 billion in 2012. The Group comprises the parent company and about 20 subsidiaries and branch offices for focused product lines in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Latin America and Turkey. The headquarters of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd are in Basel. Nationale Suisse is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (NATN). On 30 June 2013, the Group employed 1 889 staff (full-time equivalents). 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