Euler Hermes 2017 first quarter results: Strong performance

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Euler Hermes 2017 first quarter results:
Strong performance

PARIS - 5 May 2017

  • Revenues at €656.6 million, down 0.7pt at constant exchange rates
  • Net combined ratio at 78.4%, down 0.9pt year on year
  • Ordinary operating income at €109.2 million, up 5.2% year on year
  • Net income at €88.2 million, up 11.9% year on year on a like-for-like basis

"Euler Hermes has in 2017 once again posted strong first quarter results with a net combined ratio at 78.4%. Actions implemented during 2016 to protect profitability are bearing fruit. Commercial performance - especially in new business - is beginning to show signs of an upturn, even if not yet fully translated in Group financial results", said Wilfried Verstraete, chairman of the Euler Hermes board of management. "In an economic environment characterized by uncertainties and still increasing geopolitical tension, we continue to transform the company for its digital future. Successfully launched digital initiatives include the broker portal pilot in the Netherlands, the geographical extension of E-bonds, and internal digital skills training. Bonding and transactional cover products are developing positively, and productivity plans in Germany and France are on track. Euler Hermes is well positioned to take advantage of an economic upside and to maintain high performance levels."

  1. Results for the first three months of 2017
  2. Key figures
P&L information 31 March 2017 31 March 2016
Variation vs.
31 March 2016
€ million
Earned premiums554.8556.7-1.9-0.3%
Service revenues101.8103.6-1.8-1.7%
Turnover 656.6 660.3 -3.7-0.6%
Net technical result84.
Net investment income25.025.7-0.7-2.7%
Ordinary operating income 109.2 103.8 5.45.2%
Non-ordinary operating income & expenses-0.323.3-23.7-101.4%
Operating income 108.9 127.2 -18.3-14.4%
Net income, Group share 88.2 101.2 -13.0-12.8%
Net claims ratio52.8%53.9%-1.1pt.
Net expense ratio25.6%25.4%0.2pt
Net combined ratio78.4%79.3%-0.9pt
Balance sheet information 31 March 2017 31 March 2016
Variation vs.
31 March 2016
€ million
Total assets6,685.66,505.9179.72.8%
Shareholders' equity, Group share2,717.22,622.494.73.6%
Total financial liabilities252.9252.20.70.3%
  1. Turnover

At €656.6 million at the end of March, turnover is down -0.6% compared to Q1 2016. Foreign exchange impact is significant for some regions, but overall neutral at Group level. Topline is down, at -0.7% at constant FX, with earned premiums decreasing by -0.4% and service revenues by -2.3%.


 31 March 2017 31 March 2016 Variation % 31 March 2016 Variation %
 € million   (published) (1) (1)
Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH)177.7180.6-1.6%180.9-1.8%
Northern Europe136.6137.1-0.4%132.92.7%
Mediterranean Countries, Middle East & Africa88.890.2-1.5%89.8-1.1%
Asia Pacific35.338.8-9.1%39.9-11.6%
Inward from non-consolidated OEs  and other (2) 22.123.5-5.9%23.5-5.9%
Euler Hermes Group 656.6 660.3 -0.6% 661.2 -0.7%
Area contribution : After intra-region eliminations & before inter-region eliminations
(1) At constant exchange rates
(2) Corporate entities + inter-region eliminations

Regional evolution varies. Growth ambition has been revised downward in Asia and the Middle East, which recorded negative turnover evolution compared to last year. The Americas increased only +0.4% at constant FX in the first quarter due to low insured volumes and negative rate variation, and in spite of good commercial performance otherwise. The pricing environment in DACH remains challenging. However, Northern Europe posts a strong commercial start and +2.7% growth at constant FX, and France benefits from good traction in specialty lines.

  1. Operating income

The net combined ratio remains below 80% at 78.4%, down compared to last year (-0.9pt) and the net technical result is consequently up by +€6.1 million. Frequency claims improved noticeably, resulting in the net claims ratio being down to 52.8%, vs 53.9% for the same period in 2016. The net expense ratio is 25.6% for Q1 2017, in line with Q1 last year.

Net investment income is €25.0 million, almost the same level as last year.  As a result, ordinary operating income stands at €109.2 million, up +5.2% and entirely driven by the improved net loss ratio.

Including non-ordinary items, total operating income is €108.9 million in Q1 2017, compared to €127.2 million in Q1 last year, which included the gains from the sale of the Bürgel entities in Germany (€24.3 million before tax).

  1. Net income

Net income stands at €88.2 million, -12.8% lower year-on-year. The deviation is explained by exceptional gains realized last year on the sale of Bürgel, partly compensated by the improved net combined ratio this year. On a like-for-like basis, net income improved by 11.9%.

  1. Investment portfolio

At €4,631 million at the end of March 2017, the market value of the Group investment portfolio increased by €107 million vs year-end 2016, essentially driven by the positive cash-flows of the period.

  1. Outlook

The market outlook for 2017 remains uncertain, even if recent forecasts show signs of an upturn. Modest economic development is expected in Europe, and the US will accelerate, but emerging markets face continuing growth challenges. Some sectors will experience a bottoming out of prices and start recovering, however higher insolvency volumes or greater loss severity could also generate domino effects among fragile suppliers.

In this environment, Euler Hermes will continue its selective risk underwriting while supporting growth through new products and specialty lines. The focus on customer initiatives and services remains central to the strategy. The Group will also continue to accelerate its transformation through investments in digitalization, productivity and process optimization.

  1. Results for the first quarter of 2017
P&L 1Q 2017 4Q 2016 3Q 2016 2Q 2016 1Q 2016 Variation vs.
1Q 2016
€ million
    Published data    
Earned premiums554.8542.4530.7540.4556.7-1.9-0.3%
Service revenues101.898.097.7100.4103.6-1.8-1.7%
Turnover 656.6 640.4 628.5 640.8 660.3 -3.7 -0.6%
Net technical result84.274.974.673.978.16.17.8%
Net investment income25.08.117.923.625.7-0.7-2.7%
Ordinary operating income 109.2 83.0 92.5 97.5 103.8 5.4 5.2%
Non-ordinary operating income & expenses-0.3-1.2-20.1-5.523.3-23.7n/a
Operating income 108.9 81.8 72.4 92.0 127.2 -18.3 -14.4%
Net income, Group share 88.2 61.0 55.9 68.8 101.2 -13.0 -12.8%
Net claims ratio52.8%50.9%51.5%52.6%53.9%-1.1pt.
Net expense ratio25.6%29.3%28.0%27.7%25.4%0.2pt
Net combined ratio78.4%80.1%79.5%80.3%79.3%-0.9pt

Expense Ratio or Cost Ratio: contract acquisition expenses, administration expenses and service margin as a proportion of earned premiums. The service margin corresponds to service revenues less other ordinary operating income and expenses. It can be in "gross terms" i.e. before reinsurance,
or "net terms" which includes the reinsurance commission.

Claims Ratio : claims costs from all attachment years as a proportion of earned premiums. It can be in "gross terms" i.e. before reinsurance, or "net terms" which includes the part ceded to the reinsurers.

Combined Ratio: sum of the expense ratio and the claims ratio.

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Financial and regulated information are available on Euler Hermes' website

The financial documentation section includes the press release, the consolidated financial statements and the presentation of the full year results to analysts.

On Thursday, May 5 th , 2017, the Group Management Board of Euler Hermes (ELE.PA), a worldwide leader in credit insurance and in the areas of bonding, surety and collections, presented its consolidated results as of March 31 st , 2017 to the Euler Hermes Supervisory Board. The results have been reviewed by the Audit Committee.


Euler Hermes Group Finance Director and Investor Relations  
Etienne Defraigne  +33 (0)1 84 11 39 19  

Publicis Consultants
Romain Sulpice  +33 (0)1 44 82 46 21

Euler Hermes is the global leader in trade credit insurance and a recognized specialist in the areas of bonding, guarantees and collections. With more than 100 years of experience, the company offers business-to-business (B2B) clients financial services to support cash and trade receivables management. Its proprietary intelligence network tracks and analyzes daily changes in corporate solvency among small, medium and multinational companies active in markets representing 92% of global GDP. Headquartered in Paris, the company is present in over 50 countries with 5,800+ employees. Euler Hermes is a subsidiary of Allianz, listed on Euronext Paris (ELE.PA) and rated AA- by Standard & Poor's and Dagong Europe. The company posted a consolidated turnover of €2.6 billion in 2016 and insured global business transactions for €883 billion in exposure at the end of 2016.
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