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Insurer AXA reports lower 2018 net profit after IPO costs and natural disasters

Insurer AXA reports lower 2018 net profit after IPO costs and natural disasters
FILE PHOTO - Logos of France's biggest insurer Axa are seen on a building in Nanterre, near Paris, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo Copyright Christian Hartmann(Reuters)
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PARIS (Reuters) - AXA, Europe’s second-biggest insurer, said on Thursday that its 2018 net profit fell from a year ago as a result of charges related to its U.S. unit's initial public offering (IPO) and the impact of a spate of natural disasters.

Net profit fell 66 percent from a year earlier to 2.14 billion euros (1.9 billion pounds), below the 2.47 billion expected by analysts polled by Infront Data for Reuters.

Natural disasters cost AXA about 2 billion euros in 2018, of which 600 million euros corresponded to hurricane Michael in the U.S. and wildfires in California during the fourth quarter.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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