Helvetia with an excellent SST ratio of 260%

Helvetia Holding AG / Keyword(s): Miscellaneous

April 29, 2022 / 07:00 CET/CEST
Publication of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53LR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

One-time announcement in accordance with art. 53LR
St. Gallen, April 29, 2022

Helvetia has an excellent SST ratio of 260% for the 2021 financial year. The Group’s solvency is still very solid and resilient. This is also confirmed by the strong net economic dividend capacity of CHF 0.8 billion.

Helvetia publishes today its Financial Situation Report (FCR) for the financial year 2021. As of January 1, 2022, the Group has a strong SST ratio of 260% (January 1, 2021: 193%) and therefore clearly exceeds the regulatory requirements . The increase over the previous year is due to a number of positive factors. For example, the good performance of 2021 had a positive impact on the Group’s capitalization. Positive developments in capital markets, such as rising risk-free interest rates and strong performance of equities and investment properties, also translated into higher solvency. In addition, the SST ratio benefited from the introduction of a new standard model for credit risks, leading to an increase of 8 percentage points. Despite the exceptionally high claims burden due to natural events in the past financial year, Helvetia’s solvency remains extremely solid and robust.

Sustainable distribution thanks to strong dividend capacity
The continued strength of Helvetia’s balance sheet is also reflected in the Group’s strong net economic dividend capacity of CHF 0.8 billion as of December 31, 2021 (December 31, 2020: CHF 0.8 billion). Thanks to its strong dividend capacity, Helvetia is well placed to ensure a sustainable payment to shareholders in line with the helvetia 20.25 strategy. Based on the proposal of the Board of Directors at today’s General Meeting, shareholders should benefit from a dividend increase of 10% to CHF 5.50 per share.

About Helvetia Group
Helvetia Group, headquartered in St. Gallen, has grown since 1858 into a successful insurance group with more than 12,000 employees and more than 7 million customers. It has always enabled its customers to seize opportunities and minimize risks – Helvetia is there for them when it counts. Helvetia is the best partner and is present wherever protection needs arise, with insurance, pension and investment solutions from a single source as well as simple products and processes. The insurance group knows the business, from mobile phone insurance and insurance cover for the Gotthard Base Tunnel to the long-term investment of customer assets. Helvetia enthusiastically develops and opens up new business models and advances its own business in a powerful and future-oriented way. It acts with foresight and responsibility in everything it does: for the benefit of its shareholders, customers and employees as well as its partners, society and the environment.
Helvetia is Switzerland’s leading all-lines insurer. In the Europe segment comprising Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain, the company has solidly anchored market positions to generate above-average growth. In the Specialty Markets segment, Helvetia offers tailor-made special insurance and reinsurance cover worldwide. With a business volume of CHF 11.22 billion, Helvetia achieved an IFRS net profit after tax of CHF 519.8 million in the 2021 financial year. The shares of Helvetia Holding AG are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

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Sallie R. Loera