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Talanx focused on international growth strategy

The Talanx Group is aiming to increase the share of gross premiums in primary insurance generated from foreign markets to 50 percent. "Our international business is developing well. We may even achieve this goal purely on the basis of organic growth by 2018", Herbert K. Haas, Chief Executive Officer of Talanx AG, stated at Capital Markets Day in Warsaw. The spotlight of the two-day event is on foreign business in the primary sector.

Talanx is currently posting consistent growth in international business. For 2014 the Group anticipates an operating profit (EBIT) of at least EUR 200 million (2013: EUR 185 million) in the Retail International segment. The Group forecasts EBIT of slightly below EUR 80 million (2013: EUR 72 million) for the Polish subsidiary WARTA. By 2017 this figure is to be boosted to at least EUR 100 million. With the Turkish company HDI Sigorta having reached the breakeven point, all units in the segment are now operating at a profit.

The focus of international retail business is on strategic growth markets as well as on core competencies in motor insurance, bancassurance and the integration of new units. For 2014 the division expects to utilise its earnings not only to finance organic growth but also for the first time to make profit transfers to the holding company.

In the Industrial Lines segment the premium income generated abroad – at 54 percent – already exceeds the Group's medium-term target. New business written with high-profile major clients as well as the successful launch of the new HDI-Gerling branches in Toronto, Singapore and Bahrain have played a crucial part here.

In the context of its medium-term objectives the company also believes that it remains on course going forward to earn a return on equity of at least 750 basis points above the 5-year average for 10-year German government bonds. For the first time the Group is also defining concrete, medium-term minimum return-on-equity targets for the divisions.

Talanx Capital Markets Day 2014 is being held on 26/27 June 2014 in Warsaw. The event will be live webcast at


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