* Allianz still sees 2012 operating profit above 9 bln eur
* Talanx, Hannover Re also see earnings on track
* Apart from Sandy, catastrophe claims were moderate in 2012
FRANKFURT, Jan 15 Allianz kept its
guidance for operating profit of more than 9 billion euros ($12
billion) in 2012, after estimating its hit from last year's
superstorm Sandy in the United States at $590 million.
Sandy, which killed 132 people as it swept through the
northeastern United States on Oct. 29, is expected to cost the
insurance industry up to $25 billion, making it the
second-costliest storm after hurricane Katrina in 2005.
However, for European insurers, Sandy was the worst event in
an otherwise moderate year for damage claims, allowing many
companies to stay on course for their full year profit goals.
Allianz, Europe's biggest insurer, said in a statement on
Tuesday its preliminary damage claims figure for Sandy included
payments to customers as well as related items such as
reinsurance reinstatement fees.
"Despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, we continue to
expect our operating profit for 2012 to exceed 9 billion euros,"
said Allianz Chief Financial Officer Dieter Wemmer.
Allianz is due to publish its full-year 2012 financial
results and natural catastrophe loss data on Feb. 21.
Germany's third-largest insurance group, Talanx,
has pencilled in damage payouts of 306 million euros for the
storm, including claims on its reinsurance arm Hannover Re
Talanx and Hannover said claims from the storm were within
their annual budget for natural catastrophe losses and did not
blow them off course for their 2012 earnings.
The world's biggest reinsurer, Munich Re, has
said it expects a hit in the mid-hundreds of millions of euros
for Sandy. It is due to release a more precise loss estimate
along with preliminary 2012 results on Feb. 5.
In late November, No. 2 global reinsurer Swiss Re
estimated its claims burden from hurricane Sandy at around $900