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Good operational performance in challenging market environment for Sampo Group

Sampo Group's profit before taxes for January - March 2018 increased to EUR 445 million compared to EUR 430 million in the comparison period.

-  Our insurance businesses performed well with strong underwriting result and good growth in all key areas. However, the market environment was challenging during the first quarter of the year and results were affected particularly by weak Swedish krona, says Kari Stadigh, Group CEO and President.

Other key figures

  • Sampo Group's total comprehensive income, taking changes in the market value of assets into account, decreased to EUR 108 million (557).
  • Earnings per share decreased to EUR 0.63 (0.68). Mark-to-market earnings per share were EUR 0.15 (0.99).
  • The return on equity for the Group was 2.5 per cent (18.4).
  • Net asset value per share on 31 March 2018 amounted to EUR 24.27 (25.37).
  • Profit before taxes for the segment If amounted to EUR 193 million (180). Combined ratio for January - March was 86.5 per cent (87.4.)
  • Topdanmark segment's profit before taxes amounted to EUR 60 million in Sampo Group's consolidated accounts. Combined ratio was 83.7 per cent.
  • Sampo's share of Nordea's net profit for the first quarter of 2018 amounted to EUR 165 million (171).
  • Profit before taxes for the Mandatum segment amounted to EUR 73 million (54).

Outlook for 2018

Sampo Group's business areas are expected to report good operating results for 2018.

However, the mark-to-market results are, particularly in life insurance, highly dependent on capital market developments. The continuing low interest rate level also creates a challenging environment for reinvestment in fixed income instruments.

If P&C insurance is expected to reach a combined ratio target of 86 - 89 per cent for the full-year 2018.

With regard to Topdanmark, reference is made to the profit forecast model that the company publishes quarterly.

Nordea's contribution to the Group's profit is expected to be significant.

The interim statement for January - March 2018 and the supplementary financial information package are available at

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