Munich Re with dividend payout of over €1.25bn
Munich Re is to pay a significantly increased dividend of €7.00 per share for the financial year 2012 (previous year: €6.25). Munich Re's payout to shareholders will thus total more than €1.25bn. For the current financial year, Munich Re is aiming for a profit of close to €3bn. Initial estimates indicate that the first quarter was very satisfactory and the quarterly profit should be close to €1bn.
Munich. Looking back at the financial year 2012, CEO Nikolaus von Bomhard told today's Annual General Meeting: "We again had to cope with difficult market conditions in 2012. Nevertheless, we clearly exceeded our original consolidated result target of €2.5bn. With a profit of €3.2bn in the past financial year, we achieved a very pleasing result."
When the dividend is paid out tomorrow, the amount returned to Munich Re's shareholders since 2006, including the share buy-backs carried out since then, will total over €14bn.
With regard to the first quarter, based on provisional figures, von Bomhard said: "We have made a good start to the current year. Altogether, the result for the first quarter should be to close to €1bn." Munich Re will be publishing detailed figures for the first quarter of the current financial year on 7 May 2013.
Von Bomhard confirmed the target for the financial year 2013: "We are aiming for a consolidated result of close to €3bn. Following the good result for the first quarter, we are confident of being able to achieve our profit target." He pointed out, though, that the result for the first quarter should not be simply extrapolated for the year as a whole. Referring to the further business prospects, he said: "In reinsurance, our bespoke consultancy services and the comprehensive solutions we offer our clients continue to be the basis for our success. In primary insurance, we expect the introduction of the new product family in life insurance, the improved sales advice approach and the restructuring of our sales organisation to provide important stimuli for growth and earnings.
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