Profile: Allianz SE (AZSEY.PK)
Allianz SE is an integrated financial services provider. The Company serves approximately 75 million customers in about 70 countries. Allianz SE operates and manages its activities primarily through four operating segments: Property-Casualty, Life/Health, Asset Management, and Corporate and Other. On January 12, 2009, the Company completed the sale of Dresdner Bank AG (Dresdner Bank) to Commerzbank. In May 2010, the Company acquired six solar parks, each with up to one megawatt peak capacity, from BP Solar Italy, a unit of BP Alternative Energy.
Property-Casualty and Life/Health
The Company offers a variety of insurance products to both private and corporate customers, including motor liability and own damage, accident, general liability, fire and property, legal expense, credit and travel insurance. The Company offers a range of life and health insurance products on individual and group basis, including annuity, endowment and term insurance, unit-linked and investment- oriented products, as well as full private health and supplemental health and care insurance. Its product portfolio includes a wide array of property-casualty and life/health insurance products for both private and corporate customers. Its insurance products are distributed through a range of network of self-employed agents, brokers, banks and other channels.
The Company acts as a global provider of institutional and retail asset management products and services to third-party investors and provides investment management services to the Allianz Group’s insurance operations. The products for retail and institutional customers include equity and fixed income funds, as well as alternative products. The United States and Germany as well as France, Italy and the Asia-Pacific region represent the primary asset management markets. As of December 31, 2009, total assets managed by its Asset Management operations were € 1,202 billion. The Company serves a range of retail and institutional asset management clients. Its institutional customers include corporate and public pension funds, insurance and other financial services companies, governments and charities, as well as financial advisors. Its retail asset management business is primarily conducted under the brand name Allianz Global Investors (AGI) through its operating companies worldwide. In the Company’s institutional asset management business, it operates under the brand names of its investment management entities (PIMCO, RCM, AGI Capital), with AGI serving as an endorsement brand.
Corporate and Other
The Corporate and Other includes Holding & Treasury, Banking and Alternative Investments. The Holding & Treasury includes the management and support of the the Company’s business through its strategy, risk, corporate finance, treasury, financial
control, communication, legal, human resources and technology functions. The Banking consists of the banking activities in Germany, France, Italy and Central and Eastern Europe. The banks offer a range of products for corporate and retail clients with the main focus on the latter. As of December 2009, it owned 130 banking agencies. The Alternative Investments provides global alternative investment management services in the private equity, real estate, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors mainly on behalf of the Company. The Alternative Investments also includes certain fully consolidated private equity investments.