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Financial position

Analysis of our capital structure

The overall capital structure and composition of Hannover Re’s liabilities are essentially shaped by our activity as a reinsurer. By far the largest share is attributable to technical provisions and liabilities. Further elements are equity and equity substitutes, which help to substantially strengthen our financial base and optimise our cost of capital. The following chart shows our capital structure as at 31 December 2011, split into equity, loans and subordinated capital, technical provisions and other liabilities, in each case as a percentage of the balance sheet total.

Capital structure as at 31.12.2011

Capital structure as at 31.12.2011 (pie chart) enlarge zoom

The technical provisions and liabilities shown above, which include funds withheld/contract deposits and reinsurance payable, make up 80.0% (76.5%) of the balance sheet total and are more than covered by our investments, (assets-side) funds withheld/contract deposits, accounts receivable and reinsurance recoverables.

The equity including non-controlling interests at 11.2% (10.9%) of the balance sheet total as well as the loans and – especially – subordinated capital at 3.9% (4.4%) of the balance sheet total represent our most important sources of funds.

We ensure that our business is sufficiently capitalised at all times through continuous monitoring and by taking appropriate steering actions as necessary. For further information please see the section “Management of policyholders’ surplus”.

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Financial position
Analysis of our capital structure

The overall capital structure and composition of Hannover Re’s liabilities are essentially shaped by our activity as a reinsurer. By far the largest share is attributable to technical provisions and liabilities. Further elements are equity and equity substitutes, which help to substantially strengthen our financial base and optimise our cost of capital. The following chart shows our capital structure as at 31 December 2011, split into equity, loans and subordinated capital, technical provisions and other liabilities, in each case as a percentage of the balance sheet total.

Capital structure as at 31.12.2011

Capital structure as at 31.12.2011 (pie chart) enlarge zoom

The technical provisions and liabilities shown above, which include funds withheld/contract deposits and reinsurance payable, make up 80.0% (76.5%) of the balance sheet total and are more than covered by our investments, (assets-side) funds withheld/contract deposits, accounts receivable and reinsurance recoverables.

The equity including non-controlling interests at 11.2% (10.9%) of the balance sheet total as well as the loans and – especially – subordinated capital at 3.9% (4.4%) of the balance sheet total represent our most important sources of funds.

We ensure that our business is sufficiently capitalised at all times through continuous monitoring and by taking appropriate steering actions as necessary. For further information please see the section “Management of policyholders’ surplus”.