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Munich Re Group: Pre-tax burden from Winter Storm Kyrill up to the order of €600m Insured market loss estimated at €5–7bn



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    On the basis of current estimates, the Munich Re Group, including the primary insurance subsidiary ERGO, reckons with a pre-tax loss burden from Winter Storm Kyrill (18/19 January) up to the order of €600m.

    Munich Re estimates the overall insured market loss at €5–7bn, which represents a preliminary assessment on the basis of several methods of estimation. On account of the extremely large number of small and mid-sized losses still to be evaluated, establishing the definitive loss amount requires considerable effort and will still take some time. For this reason, any forecasts regarding the losses to be expected from the winter storm continue to be a matter of considerable uncertainty at this time.

    The country hit worst by the winter storm was Germany, but there were also high losses in the United Kingdom, the Benelux countries, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, and to a lesser degree Switzerland. The expected loss burden as a whole therefore reflects Munich Re's large share of the reinsurance and primary insurance market in Germany, its home market.

    The biggest individual loss for Munich Re was the container ship MSC Napoli, which went aground off the south coast of England. This loss is likely to be in the low-to-medium two-digit million range.

    Winter Storm Kyrill crossed large parts of Europe at wind speeds far exceeding 100 km/h on a widespread scale and peaks of over 200 km/h. Owing to the size of the area affected and the duration of the storm – with gale-force winds prevailing for more than 24 hours in some places – Kyrill caused numerous losses over a wide area.

    Board member Torsten Jeworrek: "Kyrill is a further illustration of the high loss potential from winter storms in Europe. The storm losses were within the range to be expected on the basis of our risk models. The increasing risk from winter storms in the wake of climate change is something the insurance industry must always consider prospectively in its calculations."

    Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft
    signed Dr. Jeworrek           signed

    The Munich Re Group operates worldwide, turning risk into value. In the business year 2005, it achieved a profit of €2,743m, the highest in its 126-year corporate history. In 2005, its premium income amounted to approximately €38bn and its investments to around €177bn. The Group is characterised by particularly pronounced diversification. It has approximately 38,000 employees in over 50 countries throughout the world and operates in all lines of insurance. With premium income of around €22bn in the year 2005 from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world's leading reinsurers. Its primary insurance operations are mainly concentrated in the ERGO Insurance Group, the second-largest provider in the German primary insurance market and a leading player in several other European insurance markets both in health insurance and legal expenses cover.
    This media information contains forward-looking statements that are based on current assumptions and forecasts of the management of Munich Re. Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the forward-looking statements given here and the actual development, in particular the results, financial situation and performance of Munich Re. The company assumes no liability to update these forward-looking statements or to make them conform to future events or developments.