Glossary

Personal insurance

Comprised of life, health and casualty insurance.

PIIGS countries

The abbreviation PIIGS is made up of the initial letters of the European countries that are feeling particularly heavy pressure due to the Eurozone debt crisis: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain.

Premium

Agreed fee paid in exchange for assumption of risk by an insurance company.

Premium refund (profit-dependent)

The policyholder's profit participation in the profit of the insurance class in question (life / health / property and casualty).

Premium refund (profit-independent)

Contractually accorded refund of premiums to the policyholder.

Premiums written

Direct business premiums written are comprised of set premiums, not including premium or fire service taxes, plus policyholder collateral payments, reduced by premiums cancelled during the fiscal year. In indirect business, the premiums written correspond to the premiums that the ceding insurer has indicated for offset. In co-insurance business, the premiums written by each co-insurer correspond to the share of premiums allotted to it.

Present value

Current value of a cash amount to be received in the future, calculated through discounting by a known discount rate.

Price-earnings ratio

A financial ratio for evaluating shares. The price-earnings ratio (P/E ratio) shows the price of the share in relation to the earnings per share in a comparative period or future period. If the comparative period is defined as one year, the price-earnings ratio is the end-of-year price divided by the earnings per share for the year.

Profit participation

See premium refund (profit-dependent).

Provision for unearned premiums

The portion of premiums written that were specified for the period following the annual financial statement reporting date and are therefore not included in the income for the financial year. These premiums are used to cover obligations arising after the balance sheet reporting date.