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Allianz sees 2019 profit in upper half of target range after solid third quarter

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Allianz sees 2019 profit in upper half of target range after solid third quarter
FILE PHOTO: The logo of insurer Allianz SE is seen on the company tower in the financial and business district of La Defense, west of Paris, France November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo   -   Copyright  Gonzalo Fuentes(Reuters)
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German insurer Allianz <ALVG.DE> on Friday posted a better-than-expected 0.6% rise in third-quarter net profit, helped by investment result and a lower tax rate, and said 2019 operating profit would be in the upper half of its targeted range.

Net profit attributable to shareholders of 1.95 billion euros ($2.16 billion) compares with a forecast of 1.84 billion euro by analysts in a Refinitiv poll and is up from 1.94 billion euros a year earlier.

“We are ready to reach the upper half of our operating profit outlook despite a significant increase in external challenges,” Chief Executive Officer Oliver Baete said.

For 2019, Allianz had been aiming for operating profit of 11.5 billion euros, plus or minus 500 million euros. It now expects operating profit of between 11.5 billion euros and 12 billion euros.

Allianz’s combined ratio in its property and casualty division, a key measure of profitability, was 94.3% in the third quarter, up 1.2 percentage points from a year earlier. Readings below 100 indicate profitability.

(Reporting by Tom Sims; Editing by Riham Alkousaa and Subhranshu Sahu)

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