A record profit of £354.5 million, an increase of 64%, with gross written premium growth of 23.6% (14.1% in local currency).
Hiscox Retail now accounts for 49% of the Group's GWP, 61% of NWP and 45% of profits (60% excluding foreign exchange gains). Hiscox UK and Europe doubled profits, and Hiscox USA remains the stand-out performer with premium growth of over 30%.
Hiscox London Market is navigating its way through a challenging trading environment, growing selectively and focusing on long-term opportunity.
Hiscox Re and ILS delivered an excellent result. It benefited from good underwriting and an increasing contribution from fees and profit commissions. Kiskadee Investment Managers' Assets Under Management now $1.25 billion.
Final dividend of 19.0p, a step up in the full year ordinary dividend to 27.5p, which is an increase of 15%. Going forward we will maintain our progressive dividend policy. The Group continues to use retained profits to fund future growth opportunities.
Bronek Masojada, Chief Executive of Hiscox Ltd, commented:
"This is a good result, flattered by foreign exchange and boosted by a strong investment return. Our retail business has come of age, driving growth and profitability for the Group. This gives us options and, although there are uncertainties in both the insurance and political environments, we have the right people, footprint and financial power to adapt. We will remain focused and disciplined where margins are shrinking and invest where we see opportunities for long-term profitable growth."