03.03.2015 – Hiscox blickt auf ein profitables Geschäftsjahr 2014 zurück. So verzeichnete der britische Spezialversicherer in Großbritannien und Europa einen Rekordgewinn von 73,3 Mio. Pfund (2013: 56,4 Mio.). Zudem verbuchte Hiscox ein Wachstum in der Versicherungssparte von 8,8 Prozent. Auch die Aktionäre können sich freuen. Demnach will der Versicherer neben einer Dividende von 22,5 Pence pro Aktie eine zusätzliche Dividende von 60,0 Pemce je Aktie ausschütten.
“Hiscox has had another good year. We have been able to grow profitably in insurance and position Hiscox Re sensibly, reducing premiums and attracting new capital in the face of tough conditions. The strategy of diversification we have pursued for decades means that, whatever the headwinds, we have the firepower to set our own course”, said Bronek Masojada, Chief Executive of Hiscox Ltd.
Hiscox UK and Ireland increased gross written premiums by 5.5% to £435.0 million (2013: £412.4 million) with strong growth in areas where margins are good and reductions in less profitable business. It achieved a combined ratio of 88.6%, at the better end of our normal expectations.”
Our European business had an excellent year, growing gross written premiums by 8.5 percent to 190,8 mio. euro (2013: 175,8 mio.). It delivered a combined ratio of 94.1%, including marketing costs of four mio euro (or two percent on the combined ratio)
Our US business had another year of strong growth. Gross written premiums increased by 24.1% to $367.6 million (2013: $296.2 million) with the broker business making a profit for the second year in a row.
The Hiscox Re segment comprises the Group’s reinsurance businesses across the world. It has had a tremendous year, not only in terms of its contribution to the Group‟s profits, but also in the way it has adapted to the changing dynamic in the global reinsurance industry. Profits were 105.6 mio. pound (2013: 129.0 mio.) despite our revenues declining by 13.9 percent to 354.3 mio. pound (2013: 411.5 mio.) as we continued our disciplined response to the challenging pricing environment.” (vwh/td)