CNP Assurances – First Three Months of 2016

Attributable net profit of €281 million, up 0.3% as reported (up 10.3 % like-for-like)

May 11, 2016, 03:19 ET from CNP Assurances

PARIS, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

CNP Assurances, the leading personal insurer in France with operations in the rest of Europe and in Latin America, has presented its quarterly indicators for the first three months of 2016. These indicators were approved for publication by the Board of Directors at its meeting on 10 May 2016. 

HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Premium income of €9.0 billion, up 13.5% like-for-like* (up 8.4% as reported) 
  • EBIT of €513 million, up 10.8% like-for-like (down 4.7% as reported) 
  • Attributable net profit of €281 million, up 10.3% like-for-like (up 0.3% as reported) 
  • The quarter's performance was shaped by an unfavourable basis of comparison on the currency market (the average exchange rate for the Brazilian real declined by 34%) and the equity market (the CAC 40 index lost 13%), as well as by changes in consolidation scope*. 

Frédéric Lavenir, CNP Assurances' Chief Executive Officer, said: 

"In the first quarter of 2016, CNP Assurances demonstrated its ability to continue to grow in a persistently unfavourable economic environment. Lower European interest rates, which are not favourable to traditional savings and pensions business, confirmed the relevance of our strategic diversification towards unit-linked contracts and personal risk/protection insurance. The agreement to acquire 51% of Pan Seguros and Pan Corretora, this summer's commercial launch of our digital company in Brazil and the ramp-up of CNP Santander Insurance in 10 European countries all contribute to this strategy."  

* Average exchange rates: 

First-quarter 2016: Brazil: €1 = BRL 4.30; Argentina: €1 = ARS 15.94  

First-quarter 2015: Brazil: €1 = BRL 3.22; Argentina: €1 = ARS 9.78  

For the determination of like-for-like comparatives, the contributions of CNP BVP (Europe excluding France) and La Banque Postale Prévoyance (France) have been excluded from 2015 figures and the contributions of CNP Caution (France) and the digital company (Brazil) have been excluded from 2016 figures.

  1. First-quarter 2016 premium income 

Consolidated premium income for the quarter came to €9.0 billion, an increase of 8.4% as reported and 13.5% like-for-like versus first-quarter 2015. 

Premium income in France amounted to €7.3 billion, an increase of 13.7%. Savings and pensions net new money[1] continued to be driven by the unit-linked business which recorded a net inflow of €656 million, representing considerably more than the €255 million net inflow in traditional contracts. The personal risk/protection business[2] benefited from an increase in term creditor insurance premiums but was adversely affected by the decision to terminate certain employee benefits contracts in order to improve the portfolio's underwriting results.

In Latin America, premium income for the quarter totalled €742 million, representing a like-for-like increase of 20.0%. The pension and personal risk/protection businesses enjoyed strong underlying growth in local currency, despite the challenging macro-economic environment in Brazil. The new digital company is due to start business under the YOUSE brand this summer.

In the Europe excluding France region, premium income rose by 0.4% based on a comparable scope of consolidation, with CNP Santander Insurance reporting premiums up 34.6%. In Italy, CNP UniCredit Vita's unit-linked business was adversely affected by stock market volatility during the quarter. Unit-linked contracts nevertheless accounted for 51% of the region's total savings and pensions premiums.

Reflecting these developments, average technical reserves excluding deferred participation amounted to €321.6 billion, with the 2.1% growth in unit-linked liabilities to €40.7 billion outstripping the 1.9% increase in other technical reserves to €280.9 billion.

  2. First-quarter 2016 profit indicators  


Net insurance revenue stood at €570 million for the quarter, up 3.8% versus the first quarter of 2015 (20.8% like-for-like). 

In France, net insurance revenue rose by 28.2% to €314 million (up 32.3% based on a comparable scope of consolidation). All business segments contributed to the increase and additions to technical reserves were lower than in the comparable period (at €26 million vs. €108 million in first-quarter 2015) due to the slower reduction in regulatory discount rates. In January 2016, CNP Assurances received a €300 million reinsurance commission from Natixis Assurances in respect of the 10% quota-share treaty covering in-force savings and pensions contracts distributed by the Caisses d'Epargne. This revenue may be recognised over time in compliance with policyholder participation rules.

In Latin America, net insurance revenue continued to grow at a healthy rate, rising by 9.2% like-for-like to €206 million.

In Europe excluding France, net insurance revenue came to €50 million, an increase of 26.7% based on a comparable scope of consolidation that was mainly attributable to strong term creditor insurance sales by CNP Santander Insurance.

At €152 million, revenue from own-funds portfolios was weakened by lower returns from bond and money market portfolios due to a decline in interest rates, as well as by the negative currency effect in Latin America and the amortisation of intangible assets recognised on consolidation of CNP Santander Insurance.

Total revenue for the quarter came to €722 million an increase of 8.9% like-for-like (vs. a decline of 4.4% as reported).

[1] French GAAP

[2] Personal risk, health and term creditor insurance


Administrative expenses of €209 million were up 4.3% like-for-like (down 3.7% as reported).

EBIT totalled €513 million, up 10.8% like-for-like (down 4.7% as reported). The Group confirms its objective of delivering average organic EBIT growth of at least 5% per year in the three-year period 2016-2018.

Attributable net profit came to €281 million, an increase of 10.3% like-for-like and 0.3% as reported.

Attributable equity at 31 March 2016 stood at €17,459 million.

The Solvency II coverage ratio (standard formula without applying transitional measures*) at 31 March 2016 is estimated at 175%. The change since 31 December 2015 reflects sensitivities to the economic environment.

* Except for grandfathering of subordinated debt

 

Subject to the necessary regulatory authorisations being obtained, CNP Assurances' sale to La Banque Postale of its 50% stake in La Banque Postale Prévoyance for €306.9 million (less pre-closing dividends) should be completed in the second or third quarter of 2016. If no pre-closing dividends are received, the sale should generate an after-tax gain of approximately €160 million in the IFRS financial statements, with this amount being included in the 2016 capital gains programme.


   
                                                               % change
                                                             (like-for-like)
                                  Q1 2016  Q1 2015  % change
    (in EUR millions)
    Premium income (IFRS)           8,990    8,297     +8.4            +13.5
    Average technical reserves
    excl. deferred participation  321,552  315,587      +1.9
    Total revenue                     722      755      -4.4            +8.9
    Net insurance revenue, of
    which:                            570      549      +3.8           +20.8
    France                            314      245     +28.2           +32.3
    Latin America                     206      254     -18.8            +9.2
    Europe excluding France            50       51      -1.6           +26.7
    Revenue from own-funds
    portfolios                        152      206     -26.2           -21.9
    - Administrative expenses, of
    which:                          (209)    (217)      -3.7            +4.3
    France                          (149)    (151)      -1.3            +2.0
    Latin America                    (30)     (38)     -20.7            +8.0
    Latin America - digital
    company                           (2)        0      n.m.
    Europe excluding France          (27)     (28)      -1.8           +12.0
    EBIT                              513      539      -4.7           +10.8
    - Finance costs                  (57)     (47)     +22.1           +22.1
    + Share of profit of
    associates                          1        1     -15.9           +12.4
    - Income tax expense            (173)    (179)      -3.5           +15.9
    - Minority interests             (63)     (83)     -23.8            +3.5
    Recurring profit                  221      230      -4.2            +7.0
    Net gains (losses) and
    impairment on AFS equities
    and property, and fair value
    adjustments                      (18)       74      n.m.            n.m.
    Non-recurring items                78     (24)      n.m.            n.m.
    Attributable net profit           281      280      +0.3           +10.3


Investor Calendar 

- First-half 2016 premium income and profit: Thursday, 28 July 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

- Nine-month 2016 results indicators: Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

This press release, along with all of CNP Assurances' regulated information published in accordance with Article L.451-1-2 of the French Monetary and Financial Code and Articles 222-1 et seq. of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers' General Regulations, is available on the Group's investor information website: http://www.cnp.fr/en/Investor-Analyst.

About CNP Assurances

CNP Assurances is France's leading personal insurer with net profit of €1,130 million in 2015. The Group also has operations in other European countries and in Latin America, with a significant presence in Brazil. It has more than 36 million personal risk/protection insureds worldwide and more than 13 million savings and pensions policyholders. For 160 years, CNP Assurances has been protecting people against the risks of everyday life. The Group designs and manages savings, pension, personal risk insurance and protection products (term creditor insurance and health insurance).

  • In France, CNP Assurances distributes its individual insurance products through La Banque Postale and the Caisses d'Epargne, as well as through its own network, Amétis. In Brazil, its second largest market, the Group's partner is Caixa Econômica Federal, the country's second-biggest state-owned bank.
  • In group insurance, CNP Assurances crafts tailor-made personal risk, pension and term creditor insurance products
    that are aligned with the needs of companies, local authorities, mutual insurers, non-profit organisations, and banks in Europe and Latin America.

CNP Assurances has been listed on the Paris Stock Exchange since October 1998 (the first market) and has a stable shareholder structure thanks to the signing of an agreement between its major shareholders (Caisse des Dépôts, La Banque Postale, Groupe BPCE and the French State).

Disclaimer: Some of the statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements referring to projections, future events, trends or objectives that, by their very nature, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements by reason of factors such as changes in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets, legal or regulatory decisions or changes, changes in the frequency and amount of insured claims, particularly as a result of changes in mortality and morbidity rates, changes in surrender rates, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, the competitive environment, the policies of foreign central banks or governments, legal proceedings, the effects of acquisitions and the integration of newly-acquired businesses, and general factors affecting competition.

Further information regarding factors which may cause results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements is included in CNP Assurances' filings with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers. CNP Assurances does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements presented herein to take into account any new information, future event or other factors.
APPENDICES  

Premium Income by Country 


   
                                              Premium income (IFRS)
                                                                             % change
    (in EUR millions)        Q1 2016         Q1 2015        % change     (like-for-like*)
    France                   7,261.7         6,384.8           +13.7           +14.7
    Italy                      769.6           869.9           -10.9            -5.1
    Brazil                     729.5           815.0           -10.5           +19.8
    Germany                     97.1            79.9           +21.5           +21.5
    Spain                       61.9            58.2           +18.7           +36.1
    Cyprus                      34.2            33.6            +1.6            +1.6
    Poland                      13.0             6.5          +101.1          +101.1
    Argentina                   12.8            15.5           -17.0           +35.2
    Norway                       2.2             0.7          +240.0          +240.0
    Portugal                     1.9            29.9           -93.7           -16.8
    Ireland                      0.0             0.2           -99.9           -99.9
    Other (excluding
    France)                      6.0             2.4          +154.5          +154.5
    Total International      1,728.5         1,911.8            -9.6            +9.4
    TOTAL                    8,990.1         8,296.6            +8.4           +13.5

Premium Income by Segment 


   
                                              Premium income (IFRS)
                                                                             % change
    (in EUR millions)        Q1 2016         Q1 2015        % change     (like-for-like*)
    Savings                  6,662.9         5,611.7          +18.7           +20.8
    Pensions                   692.5           938.3          -26.2           -12.5
    Personal Risk              471.3           558.9          -15.7            +1.1
    Term Creditor
    Insurance                  968.9           961.9           +0.7            +5.8
    Health Insurance           118.0           135.5          -12.9            -2.2
    Property & Casualty         76.6            90.3          -15.2            +8.9
    TOTAL                    8,990.1         8,296.6           +8.4           +13.5

* Average exchange rates: 

First-quarter 2016: Brazil: €1 = BRL 4.30; Argentina: €1 = ARS 15.94  

First-quarter 2015: Brazil: €1 = BRL 3.22; Argentina: €1 = ARS 9.78  

For the determination of like-for-like comparatives, the contributions of CNP BVP (Europe excluding France) and La Banque Postale Prévoyance (France) have been excluded from 2015 figures and the contributions of CNP Caution (France) and the digital company (Brazil) have been excluded from 2016 figures.

Premium Income by Region and by Partner/Subsidiary 


   
                                                          Premium income (IFRS)
                                                                                  %

    (in EUR millions)                               Q1 2016       Q1 2015       change
    La Banque Postale                               2,472.9       2,011.9        +22.9
    BPCE[1]                                         3,568.9       2,980.8        +19.7
    Amétis                                            109.0         105.7         +3.1
    Financial institutions (France)                   371.3         372.5         -0.3
    Mutual insurers                                   130.9         217.1        -39.7
    Companies and local authorities                   410.3         604.8        -32.2
    Other (France)                                    198.4          91.9       +115.8
    TOTAL France                                    7,261.7       6,384.8        +13.7
    CNP UniCredit Vita (Italy)                        753.2         777.0         -3.1
    Caixa Seguradora (Brazil)[2]                      729.5         815.0        -10.5
    CNP Santander Insurance (Ireland)                 135.5         100.7        +34.6
    CNP Partners (Spain)                               49.6          53.3         -6.9
    CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings (Cyprus)             34.8          34.4         +1.0
    CNP Seguros de Vida (Argentina)[2]                 12.8          15.5        -17.0
    CNP Europe Life (Ireland)                           0.1           0.5        -70.1
    CNP BVP (Portugal-Spain-Italy)                        -          99.5       -100.0
    Other (excluding France)                           12.8          15.9        -19.3
    TOTAL International                             1,728.5       1,911.8         -9.6
    TOTAL                                           8,990.1       8,296.6         +8.4

  1. In first-quarter 2016, 2 of the 17 Caisses d'Epargne transferred their new savings and pensions business to Natixis Assurances. The full year impact on CNP Assurances' savings and pensions premiums of the loss of Caisses d'Epargne new business will be visible in 2017. In term creditor insurance, on 1 January 2016, Banques Populaires and Crédit Foncier began distributing contracts underwritten by CNP Assurances for 66% and by Natixis Assurance for 34%.

  2. Average exchange rates: 


First-quarter 2016: Brazil: €1 = BRL 4.30; Argentina: €1 = ARS 15.94 

First-quarter 2015: Brazil: €1 = BRL 3.22; Argentina: €1 = ARS 9.78  

Unit-Linked Sales by Region and by Partner/Subsidiary 


   
                                                             Premium income (IFRS)
                                                                                  %

    (in EUR millions)                                    Q1 2016    Q1 2015     change
    La Banque Postale                                      334.1      282.1      +18.4
    BPCE [1]                                               561.8      625.6      -10.2
    Amétis                                                  18.8       14.8      +27.0
    Other (France)                                          43.5        7.8     +459.0
    TOTAL Unit-linked France                               958.1      930.3       +3.0
    CNP UniCredit Vita (Italy)                             383.9      486.9      -21.2
    Caixa Seguradora (Brazil)[2]                           356.8      392.0       -9.0
    CNP Partners (Spain)                                     0.9        8.7      -89.6
    CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings (Cyprus)                  11.4       11.2       +1.6
    CNP BVP (Portugal-Spain-Italy)                             -       18.1     -100.0
                      Other (excluding France)              22.8       17.3      +32.0
    TOTAL Unit-linked International                        775.8      934.2      -17.0
    TOTAL - Unit-linked                                  1,734.0    1,864.4       -7.0


  1. In first-quarter 2016, 2 of the 17 Caisses d'Epargne transferred their new savings and pensions business to Natixis Assurances. The full year impact on CNP Assurances' savings and pensions premiums of the loss of Caisses d'Epargne new business will be visible in 2017.

  2. Average exchange rates: 


First-quarter 2016: Brazil: €1 = BRL 4.30; Argentina: €1 = ARS 15.94 

First-quarter 2015: Brazil: €1 = BRL 3.22; Argentina: €1 = ARS 9.78  

Premium Income by Country and by Segment 


   
                                First-quarter 2016 premium income (IFRS)
                                                     
                                                         Term             Property
                                          Personal   Creditor    Health          &
    (in EUR millions)   Savings  Pensions     Risk  Insurance Insurance   Casualty    TOTAL
    France              5,870.6     307.0    317.3     681.8       85.0        0.0  7,261.7
    Italy                 730.3       4.6      3.0      31.7        0.0        0.0    769.6
    Brazil                  7.4     380.3    144.2     107.6       26.0       64.1    729.5
    Germany                 0.0       0.0      0.0      97.1        0.0        0.0     97.1
    Spain                  41.1       0.5      0.0      20.1        0.0        0.0     61.9
    Cyprus                 11.9       0.0      3.0       0.0        6.9       12.4     34.2
    Poland                  0.0       0.0      0.0      13.0        0.0        0.0     13.0
    Argentina               1.3       0.0      3.7       7.7        0.0        0.2     12.8
    Norway                  0.0       0.0      0.0       2.2        0.0        0.0      2.2
    Portugal                0.0       0.0      0.0       1.9        0.0        0.0      1.9
    Ireland                 0.0       0.0      0.0       0.0        0.0        0.0      0.0
    Rest of Europe          0.3       0.1      0.0       5.6        0.0        0.0      6.0
    TOTAL International   792.3     385.5    154.0     287.0       33.0       76.6  1,728.5
    TOTAL               6,662.9     692.5    471.3     968.9      118.0       76.6  8,990.1

Caixa Seguradora Premium Income by Segment in BRL 


   
                          Premium income (IFRS)
                                                     %

    (in BRL millions)     Q1 2016      Q1 2015     change
    Savings                  32.0         34.3       -6.5
    Pensions              1,636.7      1,319.3      +24.1
    Personal Risk           620.5        524.1      +18.4
    Term Creditor
    Insurance               463.1        433.7       +6.8
    Health Insurance        111.8         62.0      +80.4
    Property & Casualty     275.9        248.8      +10.9
    TOTAL                 3,140.0      2,622.1      +19.8

CNP UniCredit Vita Premium Income by Segment 


   
                              Premium income (IFRS)
                                                   %

    (in EUR millions)     Q1 2016    Q1 2015     change
    Savings                 728.0      755.5       -3.6
    Pensions                  4.6        5.0       -8.5
    Personal Risk             3.0        2.9       +6.4
    Term Creditor
    Insurance                17.5       13.7      +28.1
    TOTAL                   753.2      777.0       -3.1

CNP Santander Insurance Premium Income by Country 


   
                            Premium income (IFRS)
                                                 %

    (in EUR millions)   Q1 2016    Q1 2015     change
    Germany                97.1       79.9      +21.5
    Poland                 13.0        6.5     +101.1
    Spain                  10.4        6.1      +72.3
    Italy                   7.1        6.2      +13.4
    Norway                  2.2        0.7     +240.0
    Rest of Europe          5.7        1.4     +316.2
    TOTAL                 135.5      100.7      +34.6


Contacts
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Investors and analysts

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Annabelle Beugin-Soulon | +33-(0)1-42-18-83-66
Julien Docquincourt | +33-(0)1-42-18-94-93
Jean-Yves Icole | +33-(0)1-42-18-86-70
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