RSA Group increases its 2017 interim dividend by 32%

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RSA Group increases its 2017 interim dividend by 32%

Trading results

·     Group operating profit £360m up 15% (H1 2016: £312m): Scandinavia £202m; Canada £71m; UK & International £151m.

·     Group underwriting profit of £222m, up 28% (H1 2016: £174m). 

-    Record1 Group combined ratio of 93.2% (H1 2016: 94.7%).  Scandinavia 81.9%; Canada 94.8%; and UK & International 95.4%.

-    Group attritional loss ratio of 54.9%, 0.3pts better than last year; weather and large losses 0.2pts worse. 

-    Group prior year underwriting profit of £79m (H1 2016: £55m).

·     Group premiums of £3.4bn up 11% at reported fx, and up 3% at constant fx.  Volumes accounted for 1% and rate increases 2%.

·     Investment income of £171m (H1 2016: £187m) down 9% versus the same period last year reflecting the impact of disposals and ongoing reinvestment at lower yields.

·     Below the operating result there were lower interest costs following our debt restructuring, with other non-operating items largely as flagged.

·     Pre-tax profit of £263m, up 78% (H1 2016: £148m).

·     Underlying earnings per share (EPS) 23.3p up 31% (H1 2016: 17.8p). Stated EPS up 133% to 18.4p.

·     Interim dividend of 6.6p/ordinary share declared, up 32% (H1 2016: 5.0p).

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