Premiums increasd 2.2% to 23,044 million euros, thanks, among other things, to strong performance of business in Spain, in the Northern Latin American regional area and in the reinsurance business. According to Mapfre, currency exchange rates had no relevant impact (up 0.2%).
The group explained that results were “strongly conditioned” by the cost of the typhoons Faxai and Hagibis in Japan (107m), damage caused by the riots in Chile (’24m) and damage derived from the DANAs in Spain (17m), among other events.
The 2019 accounts also show an impairment of Mapfre Asistencia’s goodwill for a net amount of 66 million euros.
Mapfre recorded a 15.2% increase in 2019 net profit to 609 million euros, with revenues up 7.1% at 28,472 million euros. The company headed by Antonio Huertas will pay 447 million euros in dividends from 2019 results, amounting to 0.145 euros per share and a yield of 5.7%.
Without considering the catastrophic impacts and impairment of goodwill in both 2018 and 2019, Mapfre’s profit would have risen by 1% to
The company has specified that the impairment of goodwill has no effect on cash flow and does not affect its financial strength and flexibility or the capital models that support the ratings and high level of solvency, since goodwill is excluded from its calculation.
The Board of Directors has also agreed to propose to the General Meeting of Shareholders a final 2019 dividend of 0.085 euros gross per share.
Thus, the total dividend charged to the results of the year 2019 amounts to 0.145 euros gross per share, which represents a payout of 73.3%, and an average dividend yield of 5.7%.
Mapfre will pay its shareholders a total of ?447 million from 2019 results.
KEYS TO THE YEAR
– 28,472m euros in revenues and premiums rose 2.2% to 23,044 million
– Profit of the insurance units, MAPFRE’s core business, grew 17.7%
– Profitability increased notably in the three main markets (Spain, Brazil and the United States).
– Reinsurance business gained 77 million euros, despite the strong impact of extraordinary claims.
– Financial Dividend: MAPFRE maintains dividend and will pay its shareholders 0.145 euros per share against 2019 results.
– Social Dividend: The Group contributes with 324 million euros in corporate tax, with an effective rate of 25% of the profit.