EQS Group-Ad-hoc: Helvetia Holding AG / Key word(s): Rating
Standard & Poor's upgrades Helvetia's rating to 'A+' with stable outlook
15-Sep-2021 / 07:00 CET/CEST
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Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
St.Gallen, 15 September 2021
S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has upgraded Helvetia Group's rating to 'A+' and assigned a stable outlook. The strong business position, underpinned by the successful addition of Spanish insurance group Caser, sound profitability and Helvetia's solid capitalisation were key drivers of the rating decision.
The rating agency S&P Global Ratings (S&P) has upgraded the rating of Helvetia Group to 'A+' and assigned a stable outlook. The positive rating action by S&P recognises Helvetia's strong business position, where the European foothold has been further strengthened by the recent acquisition of Spanish insurance group Caser. The Group's focus on solid capitalisation as well as Helvetia's sound underlying profitability, particularly in the non-life business, further contributed to the assessment.
Annelis Lüscher Hämmerli, Group CFO at Helvetia, is pleased with the S&P decision: "The upgrade reflects Helvetia's ambition to continuously expand its strategic positioning with the segments Switzerland, Europe and Specialty Markets while maintaining a focus on strong capitalisation levels." Adding further: "The rating acknowledges, amongst others, also the Group's ability to integrate large operations swiftly and it underlines Helvetia's proven underwriting capabilities."
The rating upgrade benefits the following rated entities of Helvetia Group:
Helvetia Swiss Life Insurance Company Ltd - to 'A+'
Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company Ltd - to 'A+'
Helvetia Assurances SA - to 'A+' on a guaranteed basis
Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company in Liechtenstein Ltd - to 'A' being highly strategic important to the Helvetia Group
About the Helvetia Group
In over 160 years, the Helvetia Group has grown from a number of Swiss and foreign insurance companies into a successful international insurance group. Helvetia is one of the leading all-line insurers in its home market of Switzerland. With the countries Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain, which have been combined to form the Market Area Europe, the company has a second strong pillar. With its Specialty Markets market area, Helvetia is also present in France and in selected regions worldwide. Some of its investment and financing activities are managed through subsidiaries and fund companies in Luxembourg. The Group is headquartered in St.Gallen, Switzerland.
Helvetia is active in the life and non-life business, and also offers customised specialty lines and reinsurance cover. Its business activities focus on retail customers as well as small and medium-sized companies and larger corporates. With some 11,600 employees, the company provides services to more than 7 million customers. With a business volume of CHF 9.71 billion, Helvetia generated an IFRS result after tax of CHF 281.7 million in financial year 2020. The registered shares of Helvetia Holding are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol HELN.
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