ZURICH Feb 14 Zurich Insurance reported a 3
percent rise in 2012 profit on Thursday, as growing profits from
its Latin America and Malaysia businesses helped offest large
loss reserves on its German business taken in the last two
The Swiss-based insurer, whose 6.6 percent dividend yield is
already the highest among the companies in Switzerland's large
cap index, said it would pay a dividend of 17 francs per share
for the year, unchanged from 2012.
In October the company said it would take a $550 million hit
to third-quarter pretax profit after a review showed its German
arm had not set aside enough money to cover claims that could be
made years after policies expired.
(Reporting by Martin de Sa'Pinto)