Ageas returns to profit despite 104.6% COR

Barry Smith

Group profit before tax was £3.8m with total income up 75% to £411m.

The insurer said its total non-life gross written premiums (GWP) increased by 16.7% compared to the first three months of 2010 to £269m. It cited continued development of personal and commercial lines portfolios as the reason for the rise.

The combined operating ratio also improved to 104.6% (Q1 2010: 110.2%) which included higher than anticipated prior year escape of water claims which added 17.5% to the household COR in the

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