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First quarter 2024 results: SCOR starts 2024 with a strong first three-months net income of EUR 196 million

SCOR
SCOR

Press release
17 May 2024 - N° 07

First quarter 2024 results

SCOR starts 2024 with a strong first three-months net income of EUR 196 million

  

  • Group net income of EUR 196 million in Q1 2024 (EUR 176 million adjusted1)

  • Group Economic Value2 under IFRS 17 of EUR 9.6 billion as of 31 March 2024, up +4.8%3 (+4.1% at constant economics3,4) compared with 31 December 2023, implying an Economic Value per share of EUR 54 (vs. EUR 51 as of 31 December 2023)

    • Estimated Group solvency ratio of 215%5 as of 31 March 2024

  • Annualized Return on Equity of 17.3% (15.5% adjusted1) in Q1 2024

    • Insurance revenue of EUR 4,113 million in Q1 2024 (+6.0%6 compared to Q1 2023)

  • P&C combined ratio of 87.1% in Q1 2024 (+1.9pts compared to Q1 2023)

  • L&H insurance service result7 of EUR 72 million in Q1 2024 (EUR -200 million compared to Q1 2023)

    • Investments regular income yield of 3.5% in Q1 2024 (+0.7pts compared to Q1 2023)

 

SCOR SE’s Board of Directors met on 16 May 2024, under the chairmanship of Fabrice Brégier, to approve the Group’s Q1 2024 financial statements.

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Thierry Léger, Chief Executive Officer of SCOR, comments:

“For the first quarter of the Forward 2026 strategic plan, SCOR publishes a strong net income of EUR 196 million. In P&C, we are reaping the benefits of the very attractive market conditions with a combined ratio of 87.1% and we remain determined on building reserve buffers. In L&H, we are impacted by an adverse experience variance, mainly driven by US mortality and claims reporting effects. In Investments, SCOR benefits from elevated regular income yield and reinvestment rates. Overall, we are starting the year with a high ROE of 17.3% and an improved solvency ratio of 215% supported by strong operating capital generation driven by P&C January renewals.”

Group performance and context

SCOR records EUR 196 million net income (EUR 176 million adjusted1) in Q1 2024, driven notably by a strong return on invested assets and a P&C performance in line with expectations:

  • In P&C (re)insurance, the combined ratio of 87.1% in Q1 2024 benefits from a low natural catastrophe claims ratio of 7.2%. The attritional loss and commission ratio of 78.8% reflects a satisfactory underlying performance allowing for a continued reserving discipline.

  • In L&H reinsurance, the insurance service result7 stands at EUR 72 million in Q1, impacted by an adverse experience variance of EUR -71 million due to adverse claims experience on the US mortality business and claims reporting effects. Onerous contracts have a positive impact of EUR 20 million this quarter.

  • In Investments, SCOR benefits from still-elevated reinvestment rates in Q1 2024 and records a strong regular income yield of 3.5% (+0.7pts vs. Q1 2023).

  • The effective tax rate stands at 24.1% for Q1 2024, below the 30% assumption expected over the duration of the Forward 2026 plan.

The annualized Return on Equity reaches 17.3% (15.5% adjusted1) and the Group Economic Value grows by 4.1% at constant economics3,4.

SCOR's solvency ratio is estimated at 215% at the end of Q1 2024, in the upper part of the optimal range of 185%-220%, compared to 209% at year-end 2023, supported by a strong operating capital generation from the P&C business.

April P&C reinsurance treaty renewals

During the April 2024 renewals, SCOR continues to grow in its preferred lines, maintaining terms and conditions as well as the improved profitability level of its P&C reinsurance book achieved during the January 2024 treaty renewals. As a reminder, premiums renewed in April represent c. 12%8 of the P&C reinsurance premiums.

EGPI9 increases by +17.0%8 on the business up for renewal in April, with significant growth of the Alternative Solutions book (EGPI close to double). Specialty Lines increase by +22.8%10, notably in Engineering, Marine and Credit & Surety. SCOR was able to maintain the pricing trend observed in January, with a +3.2% price change overall and a year-to-date improvement on the net expected technical profitability of -1.5pts11 of underwriting ratio.

In this very positive environment, SCOR anticipates continued underwriting discipline for the upcoming June and July renewals.

Strong P&C underlying performance in Q1 2024

In Q1 2024, P&C insurance revenue stands at EUR 1,837 million, up +3.8% at constant exchange rates (up +2.6% at current exchange rates) compared to Q1 2023. The P&C insurance revenue growth is still affected by a lower level of renewed business in 2023 and is expected to normalize over time as the share of the 2024 premiums increases.

New business CSM in Q1 2024 stands at EUR 651 million, supported by growth stemming from business renewed in January while Q1 2023 new business CSM was negatively impacted by a multiyear retrocession contract.

P&C (re)insurance key figures:

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

P&C insurance revenue

1,837

1,791

2.6%

P&C insurance service result

181

206

-11.9%

Combined ratio

87.1%

85.2%

+1.9 pts

P&C new business CSM*

651

435

49.7%

(*)Q1 2023 new business CSM adjusted following the implementation of IFRS 17 stabilization measures in Q4 2023. See Q4 2023 results presentation page 53.

The P&C combined ratio stands at 87.1% in Q1 2024, compared to 85.2% in Q1 2023. It includes:

  • a Nat Cat ratio of 7.2%, mainly impacted by the update of the market loss related to the Q3 2023 Italian hailstorm;

  • an attritional loss and commission ratio of 78.8%, reflecting a satisfactory underlying performance and continued reserving discipline;

  • a discount effect of -6.3%, including the negative impact of a large commutation which is largely offset in IFIE (adjusted for this, the discount effect would be -9.6%);

  • an attributable expense ratio of 7.6% of net insurance revenue.

The P&C insurance service result of EUR 181 million is driven by a CSM amortization of
EUR 316 million, a risk adjustment release of EUR 27 million, a negative experience variance of
EUR -152 million and an onerous contract impact of EUR -9 million.

L&H performance impacted by adverse experience variance

In Q1 2024, L&H insurance revenue amounts to EUR 2,276 million, up +7.8% at constant exchange rates (+6.6% current exchange rates) compared to Q1 2023.

SCOR continues to build its L&H CSM through new business generation (EUR 112 million new business CSM12 in Q1 2024), mostly from protection across all regions and with no large transactions booked this quarter.

L&H reinsurance key figures:

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

L&H insurance revenue

2,276

2,135

6.6%

L&H insurance service result7

72

272

-73.6%

L&H new business CSM12

112

192

-41.5%

The L&H insurance service result7 amounts to EUR 72 million in Q1 2024. It is negatively impacted by an experience variance of EUR -71 million which reflects volatility in US mortality claims and claims reporting effects, partly offset by a positive contribution from onerous contracts of EUR +20 million.

Investments deliver strong results with a regular income yield of 3.5% in Q1 2024

As of 31 March 2024, total invested assets amount to EUR 23.0 billion. SCOR’s asset mix is optimized, with 79% of the portfolio invested in fixed income. SCOR has a high-quality fixed income portfolio with an average rating of A+ and a duration of 3.0 years.

Investments key figures:

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

Total invested assets

22,962

22,399

+2.5%

Regular income yield*

3.5%

2.8%

+0.7 pts

Return on invested assets*, **

3.4%

2.9%

+0.5 pts

(*) Annualized.
(**) Fair value through income on invested assets excludes EUR +27 million pre-tax mark to market impact of the fair value of the option on own shares granted to SCOR in Q1 2024.

Total investment income on invested assets stands at EUR 19313 million in Q1 2024. The return on invested assets stands at 3.4%13 (vs. 3.7% in Q4 2023) and the regular income yield at 3.5% (vs. 3.7% in Q4 2023).

The reinvestment rate stands at 4.7%14 as of 31 March 2024, increasing compared to 4.5% at 31 December 2023. The invested assets portfolio remains highly liquid and financial cash flows of EUR 10.3 billion are expected over the next 24 months15, enabling SCOR to continue to benefit from still-elevated reinvestment rates.

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APPENDIX

1 - SCOR Group Q1 2024 key financial details

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

Insurance revenue

4,113

3,926

+4.8%

Gross written premiums1

4,953

4,744

+4.4%

Insurance Service Result2

253

478

-47.1%

Management expenses

-294

-273

+7.8%

Annualized ROE3

17.3%

29.7%

-12.4 pts

Annualized ROE assuming a constant mark to market impact of the option on own shares

15.5%

n.a.

n.a.

Net income3,4

196

311

-36.8%

Net income assuming a constant mark to market impact of the option on own shares

176

n.a.

n.a.

Economic value5,6

9,639

9,784

-1.5%

Shareholders’ equity

4,958

4,966

-0.2%

Contractual Service Margin (CSM)6

4,681

4,818

-2.9%

1: GWP is not a metric defined under the IFRS 17 accounting framework (non-GAAP metric); 2: Includes revenues on financial contracts reported under IFRS 9; 3: Taking into account the mark to the market impact of the option on own shares. Q1 2024 impact of EUR 27 million before tax. 4: Consolidated net income, Group share; 5. Defined as the sum of the shareholder’s equity and the Contractual Service Margin (CSM); 6: Net of tax. A notional tax rate of 25% is applied to the CSM.

2 - P&L key figures Q1 2024

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

Insurance revenue

4,113

3,926

+4.8%

  • P&C insurance revenue

1,837

1,791

+2.6%

  • L&H insurance revenue

2,276

2,135

+6.6%

Gross written premiums1

4,953

4,744

+4.4%

  • P&C gross written premiums

2,427

2,275

+6.7%

  • L&H gross written premiums

2,526

2,469

+2.3%

Investment income on invested assets

193

157

+22.6%

Operating results

287

444

-35.4%

Net income2,3

196

311

-36.8%

Net income assuming a constant valuation of the option on own shares

176

n.a.

n.a.

Earnings per share3 (EUR)

1.10

1.73

-36.7%

Earnings per share (EUR) assuming a constant valuation of the option on own shares

0.98

n.a.

n.a.

Operating cash flow

151

281

-46.3%

1: GWP is not a metric defined under the IFRS 17 accounting framework (non-GAAP metric); 2: Consolidated net income, Group share; 3: Taking into account the mark to the market impact of the option on own shares. Q1 2024 impact of EUR 27 million before tax.

3 - P&L key ratios Q1 2024

In EUR million

(at current exchange rates)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023

Variation

Return on invested assets 1,2

3.4%

2.9%

+0.5 pts

P&C combined ratio 3

87.1%

85.2%

+1.9 pts

Annualized ROE4

17.3%

29.7%

-12.4 pts

Annualized ROE excluding the mark to market impact of the option on own shares

15.5%

n.a.

n.a.

Economic Value growth5

4.1%

6.3%

-2.2 pts

1: Annualized; 2: In Q1 2024, fair value through income on invested assets excludes EUR 27m pre-tax mark to market impact of the fair value of the option on own shares granted to SCOR; 3: The combined ratio is the sum of the total claims, the total variables commissions, and the P&C attributable management expenses, divided by the net insurance revenue for P&C business; 4: Taking into account the mark to the market impact of the option on own shares. Q1 2024 impact of EUR 27 million before tax; 5: Growth at constant economic assumptions, excluding the mark to market impact of the option on own shares. The starting point is adjusted for the future payment of dividend of EUR 1.8 per share (EUR 324 million in total) for the fiscal year 2023, to be paid in 2024. Economic Value defined as the sum of the shareholders’ equity and the Contractual Service Margin (CSM), net of tax. A notional tax rate of 25% is applied to the CSM.

4 - Balance sheet key figures as of 31 March 2024

In EUR million
(at current exchange rates)

As of
31 March 2024

As of
31 December 2023

Variation

Total invested assets 1

22,962

22,914

+0.2%

Shareholders’ equity

4,958

4,723

+5.0%

Book value per share (EUR)

27.51

26.16

+5.2%

Economic Value2

9,639

9,213

+4.6%

Economic Value per share (EUR)3

53.64

51.18

+4.8%

Financial leverage ratio

20.4%

21.2%

-0.8 pts

Total liquidity4

2,152

2,234

-3.7%

1: Excluding 3rd party net insurance business investments; 2: The Economic Value (defined as the sum of the shareholders’ equity and the Contractual Service Margin (CSM), net of tax) includes minority interests; 3: The Economic Value per share excludes minority interests; 4: Includes cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments.

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SCOR, a leading global reinsurer

 

As a leading global reinsurer, SCOR offers its clients a diversified and innovative range of reinsurance and insurance solutions and services to control and manage risk. Applying “The Art & Science of Risk”, SCOR uses its industry-recognized expertise and cutting-edge financial solutions to serve its clients and contribute to the welfare and resilience of society.

 

The Group generated premiums of EUR 19.4 billion in 2023 and serves clients in around 160 countries from its 35 offices worldwide.

 

For more information, visit: www.scor.com

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1 Adjusted by excluding the mark to market impact of the option on own shares from year-end 2023.

2 Defined as the sum of the shareholders’ equity and the Contractual Service Margin (CSM), net of tax. 25% notional tax rate applied on CSM.
3 The starting point is adjusted for the future payment of dividend of EUR 1.8 per share (EUR 324 million in total) for the fiscal year 2023, to be paid in 2024.
4 Growth at constant economic assumptions as of 31 December 2023, excluding the mark to market impact of the option on own shares.

5 Solvency ratio estimated after taking into account the accrual for the first three months based on the FY23 proposed dividend (EUR1.8/share).
6 At constant exchange rates.
7 Includes revenues on financial contracts reported under IFRS 9.
8 Excluding Agriculture.
9 Estimated Gross Premium Income (EGPI).
10 2023 premiums adjusted for premium revisions, FX and late renewals.
11 Excluding Alternative Solutions.
12 Includes the CSM on new treaties and change in CSM on existing treaties due to new business (i.e. new business on existing contracts).
13 Excluding the mark to the market impact of the option on own shares. Q1 2024 impact of EUR 27 million before tax

14 Reinvestment rate is based on Q1 2024 asset allocation of yielding asset classes (i.e. fixed income, loans and real estate), according to current reinvestment duration assumptions. Yield curves & spreads as of 31/03/2024.
15   As of 31 March 2024. Includes current cash balances and future coupons and redemptions.

 

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