LV= says partnership with Allianz going well 

LV= reported “strong momentum” in its general insurance business in the first half of the year, and said its strategic partnership with Allianz is “working well”.

But it said first half results were hit by weather losses from the winter cold snaps.

Richard rowney lv chief executive

LV= general insurance gross written premiums rose 1% in the first half to £827m from £817m a year ago. The GI business’s combined ratio widened to 95.7% from 93.6%.

The general insurance business saw operating profit fall to £23m from £49m.

Group operating profit fell to £42m from £56m.

The company said it is on track to complete operational separation of the GI business by the end of 2019.

LV= is transferring its commercial lines business to Allianz, while Allianz is transferring its personal lines business to a new joint venture LV=GI which will be 49% owned by Allianz.

 LV=GIHY 2018HY 2017Change (%)

Premium income

£827 million

£817 million


Operating profit

£23 million

£49 million


Underwriting profit

£26 million

£39 million


Combined ratio




Chief executive Richard Rowney (pictured) said: “We have made steady progress in the first six months of the year with good underlying trading results partially masked by the impact of the “Beast from the East” bringing severe weather across the UK in February and March.

“Tackling competitive trading conditions and a significant change agenda, the business continues to perform well with top-line growth in general insurance.”

Rowney said the severe weather at the start of the year resulted in £17m net claims leading to a fall in the general insurance business’s operating profit.

However, he added, “The underlying business continues to perform well with top line growth in both our Direct and Broker personal lines businesses.”

Allianz has recently begun the process of transferring the renewal rights for its personal lines business to LV=, Rowney said.

“I remain excited by the potential of the partnership and we continue to explore ways of working together.”

In the first six months of the year, the GI business delivered underlying growth of 4%, excluding discontinued commercial business. Overall, premiums grew 1% to £827m (HY 2017: £817 million). Growth was driven by the direct business where premiums increased by 3% following the launch of the Multicar product. The Broker business has reduced slightly by 1% pending the transfer of the commercial lines to Allianz in the second half of the year.

The transfer in of the Allianz personal home and motor business started in May with the launch of five new broker products across 1,400 brokers, of which around 150 are potential new partners for LV= General Insurance.