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Munich Re Group: Consolidated profit for the year 2004 in a range between €1.7bn and €1.9bn after special writedowns by HVB Group – subject to the proviso that work on the financial statements is ongoing



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    The HVB Group has informed us today that among other things it intends to make special writedowns of €2.5bn in its annual financial statements for 2004.

    Given that HVB is an associated company of the Munich Re Group, our figures are also affected. Essentially, our expenditure results from our share of 18.34% in HVB's equity capital. The amount to be included in our consolidated annual financial statements for 2004 cannot be precisely quantified yet from the information available at this time.

    Work on the Munich Re Group annual financial statements for 2004 is currently ongoing. Subject to this proviso, we now anticipate that, on the basis of the figures published in November for the first three quarters and of subsequent developments, the consolidated profit for the year is expected to be within a range of €1.7bn to €1.9bn.

    Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
    signed Schneider         signed Küppers

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