UNIQA purchases AXA subsidiaries in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia growth markets
Acquisition results in 5 million new customers and €800 million in additional premiums
Purchase price of around €1 billion
Five million customers, 2,100 employees and €800 million in premiums – these are the cornerstones of the companies of the French AXA Group in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia that UNIQA is acquiring, subject to legal approval. The targets of the acquisition are life and non-life insurance companies, investment firms, pension funds and service companies of the AXA Group in these three countries. The purchase price for this acquisition is around €1 billion.
UNIQA Group CEO Andreas Brandstetter said: “We have been aware of the AXA companies for a long time; they are an excellent fit with our long-term strategy. Their strong focus on profitable retail business and balanced product mix complement our existing business and make us the number five in the growing Central and Eastern Europe region.”
As number seven in CEE, UNIQA currently has a comprehensive network in 15 markets, where it offers its entire range of insurance solutions.
Invest in three growth markets now
UNIQA has almost 20 years of experience in the Polish, Czech and Slovakian markets. When the long-term UNIQA 2.0 strategy programme, which will run until mid-2020.
The economy in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia has performed well in the last few years. With growth rates averaging 3% in the last decade, the gross domestic product of these countries is significantly outperforming Austria’s (1.6%). “Our analysis shows that growth will continue and remain significantly higher than Austria’s in the long term. These acquisitions therefore represent an investment in sustainable and ongoing growth,” said Brandstetter. Whereas the Austrian insurance market is set to grow by 1.5% next year, forecasts have significantly higher expectations for Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at 6.2%, 6.8% and 2.7% respectively.
Strengthen market position – “perfect fit”
UNIQA is currently the tenth largest company on the market in Poland with 1.5 million customers, the sixth largest in the Czech Republic with 800,000 customers and the fourth in Slovakia with 500,000 customers. For its part, AXA will add 3.2 million customers in Poland, 800,000 in the Czech Republic and 750,000 in Slovakia, making UNIQA number five in Poland and Czech Republic and number four in Slovakia respectively. “We will significantly improve our market position in each one of these markets,” said Andreas Brandstetter. “AXA fits us perfectly: the companies are superbly managed and have a strong market position. This transaction will bring us new private and corporate customers in three growth markets in which we are already highly profitable.” The product mix is almost balanced, with 35% in life insurance and 65% in property business.
The completion of the transaction is subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. UNIQA was advised on the transaction by HSBC
The UNIQA Group is one of the leading insurance groups in its core markets of Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Around 20,000 employees and exclusive sales partners serve over 10.1 million customers in 18 countries. UNIQA is the second-largest insurance group in Austria with a market share of around 21%. UNIQA operates in 15 markets in the CEE growth region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. The UNIQA Group also includes insurance companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.