AXA hit with 66% profit slide

Key culprits include a series of restructuring costs

AXA hit with 66% profit slide

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

From 2017’s €6.2 billion (around SG$9.5 billion) to last year’s €2.1 billion (around SG$3.22 billion) – that’s how much major insurer AXA saw its full-year profit fall, with a number of reasons to blame.

Releasing its financial results this morning, the Paris-headquartered group noted that the slight increase in its adjusted earnings was more than offset by several culprits. At constant Forex, adjusted earnings rose only 3% (0% on a reported basis) to €6.5 billion.

AXA attributed the 66% drop in net income to the following:

  • the impairments of both the goodwill from AXA Equitable Holdings in group share and other intangible assets linked to the transformation of its Swiss Group Life business;
  • higher restructuring costs and exceptional charges related to the initial public offering of AXA Equitable Holdings and the acquisition of XL Group; and
  • the negative impact from the change in the fair value of financial assets and derivatives.

The biggest dent, at €3.1 billion, came from goodwill and related intangibles. Integration and restructuring costs amounted to €332 million.

Breaking down its earnings, €1.6 billion came from France; €2.5 billion, Europe; €1.1 billion, Asia; €1.1 billion, US; €400 million, international; and €384 million, transversal. Negative figures were posted from AXA XL and Central Holdings.

Meanwhile Solvency II ratio went down 12 points to 193%.


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