Christian Gibot, CEO of Cardif Lux Vie; Credit: Cardif Lux Vie

On Monday 14 April 2020, Cardif Lux Vie, the Luxembourgish life assurance company owned by the BGL Group, announced its 2019 results, the main highlights of which included assets under management at the 2019 year-end amounting up to €27.9 billion (+22.1%); gross written premiums for 2019 amounting up to €2.1 billion (-20.0%) and net profit before tax totalling €50.8 million (+4.6%).

As at 31 December 2019, Cardif Lux Vie recorded a very strong increase in its assets under management, which totalled €27.9 billion (+22.1% increase on 2018 performance). The Company’s net profit before tax amounted up to €50.8 million (+4.6% increase on 2018 performance) with a turnover of €2.1 billion (-20% decrease on 2018 performance). In a context of economic and financial instability, Cardif Lux Vie maintained a good level of inflow of Unit Linked business while also performing well in terms of premiums to the General Fund.

The year was also marked by a growing CSR commitment, with the systematic integration of ESG criteria (ESG = Environmental, Social and Governance) into Cardif Lux Vie’s investments, revised eligibility criteria for outstanding balance insurance (ASRD) and a new range of socially responsible financial solutions.

Wealth management: Balance and SRI

With regard to its wealth management activity, Cardif Lux Vie gross written premiums amounted up to €2.0 billion. This activity was balanced in nature, both geographically with its internationals partners and in terms of the allocation between the General Fund and Unit Linked; with the latter accounting for 66% of the new premiums. Cardif Lux Vie also enhanced its specialised insurance fund product offering during 2019 and added a range of SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) financial solutions.

Local market: Inflow of €156.8 million

With an inflow of €156.8 million (slightly down compared to the record level of 2018), Cardif Lux Vie maintained its position as a major bancassurance player on the local market. The Savings business totalled €131.7 million (-16.1% decrease on 2018 performance) whilst Protection is stabilising at €25.1 million. In 2019, Cardif Lux Vie launched a new leading supplemental pension offer for professionals and the self-employed, and also completely renewed its Credit Protection Insurance and Programmed Retirement Savings product range. Finally, Cardif Lux Vie has implemented the actions necessary in order to foresee in a realignment of its strategy focussing on its individual life insurance activity on the future.

Constantly striving to provide policyholders with high-quality products and services

Christian Gibot, CEO of Cardif Lux Vie, stated “Cardif Lux Vie had an excellent year in terms of its assets under administration and earnings before taxes. We have stepped up our efforts to improve our operational efficiency, with the constant striving of providing our policyholders with high-quality products and services. Our ambitions in terms of CSR commitment have also been at the heart of our strategy, notably with the systematic integration of ESG criteria into our investments. In the current context of the health crisis, we are trialling today new ways of working within our Company and we are developing new ways to support all of our partners. With our shared flexibility and agile approach, we will continue, as always, to act in the best interest of our clients. I am convinced that we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever thanks to the unwavering solidarity and commitment of our employees”.

Key figures for the year ended 31/12/2019

Number of employees: 317
Turnover: €2.1 billion
Assets under management: €27.9 billion
Net Profit before tax: €50.8 million

In Luxembourg and the Greater Luxembourg Region, Cardif Lux Vie provides bank assurance and brokerage networks with high-value-added life insurance savings, retirement and protection insurance solutions for private individuals and professionals. For high net worth clients active internationally, the company develops bespoke and sustainable open-architecture offers through an extensive network of first-class partners. Harnessing a comprehensive range of wealth engineering tools, Cardif Lux Vie’s planning solutions support clients and partners over the long term.