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(Reuters) — German reinsurer Munich Re beat its full-year earnings target with a 16.7% gain despite Ukraine-related claims and after fourth-quarter net profit jumped by a better than expected 74% on equity disposals and lower tax payments.
Jefferies analysts described the results as a “remarkable achievement” given a challenging year featuring claims from Hurricane Ian in Florida, continued pandemic losses and high inflation.
The company's shares fell 3.7% in early trading, which JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank analysts attributed to profit-taking.
“Munich Re absorbed the crises of 2022 well,” CEO Joachim Wenning said.
Fourth-quarter net profit rose to €1.516 billion ($1.61 billion), beating analyst expectations of €1.399 billion.
For the full year, its €3.419 billion profit beat both analyst and company expectations of about €3.3 billion.
Munich Re had announced on Wednesday that it would raise its dividend and buy back more shares.
Hurricane Ian and floods in Australia helped to make 2022 one of the costliest years on record for natural disasters, Munich Re said last month, warning that climate change was making storms more intense and frequent.