Key figures for the business year 2003
The Munich Re Group's underwriting business produced a profit of
2.0bn EUR before tax and amortisation of goodwill. This success is
mainly attributable to lower combined ratios, which fell to 96.7%
in reinsurance and 96.4% in primary insurance. Total gross premiums
rose slightly to 40.4bn EUR.
Tax expenditure of 1.8bn EUR and the amortisation of goodwill resulted in a consolidated loss of 434m EUR. The after-effects of the weak stock markets prevailing until March 2003 have thus been absorbed.
Payment of a dividend of 1.25 EUR per share will be proposed to Munich Re's Supervisory Board and the Annual General Meeting.
Further details regarding reinsurance, primary insurance and investments in the business year 2003 will be available in the press release published immediately after the release of this ad-hoc announcement.
Munich, 17 March 2004
Munich Reinsurance Company – The Board of Management
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