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(Reuters) — Reinsurance company Swiss Re said it was committed to a stable or increasing dividend as it confirmed its financial targets on Friday despite the coronavirus pandemic that has pressured the industry.
The reinsurer swung to a loss in the first nine months of 2020 as it and competitors faced large claims from the pandemic as well as losses from hurricanes and wildfires in the United States.
CEO Christian Mumenthaler, in a statement ahead of a presentation to investors, said that the pandemic will “remain an earnings and not a capital event ... with declining exposures going forward.”
Among the targets it reaffirmed, Swiss Re said it continued to seek a return on equity of seven percentage points above the yield on 10-year U.S. bonds.
Swiss Re said it expected that its adjusted combined ratio in its property/casualty division, a key measure of profitability for its biggest revenue generator, would be 96% or less in 2021, improving from 2020. Readings below 100 indicate profitability.
The company said that the turnaround of its loss-making corporate insurance arm was “well on track.”
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