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(Reuters) — German insurer Allianz SE on Tuesday posted a small rise in net profit in the first quarter from a year earlier, marginally ahead of expectations, and confirmed its targets for 2019.
Results were helped by lower claims from natural catastrophes, though the group’s asset management division — which includes Pimco — faced the drag of high expenses due to investments, the company said in a statement.
Net profit attributable to shareholders rose to €1.97 billion ($2.21 billion) from €1.94 billion a year ago. A Reuters poll of analysts had forecast €1.908 billion profit.
Revenue rose 9.1% to €40.3 billion from a year earlier, the Munich-based insurer said.
The results put Allianz “on track” to meet its targets for the full year, Chief Executive Oliver Baete said.
For 2019, Allianz confirmed it was aiming for operating profit of €11.5 billion, plus or minus €500 million. In 2019, Allianz earned €11.5 billion.
Allianz’s combined ratio in its property/casualty division, a key measure of profitability, was 93.7% in the first quarter, an improvement of 1.1 percentage points from a year earlier. Readings below 100 indicate profitability.
(Reuters) — Allianz SE may slow its share buyback program after the one announced this week to allow the German insurer to make small acquisitions, the group’s finance chief said on Friday after reporting a 19% rise in 2018 fourth-quarter profit.