Swiss Re achieves another successful renewal as attractive pricing levels maintained

14 February 2005, Zurich

Swiss Re's continued focus on profitable underwriting achieved attractive rates in the January renewal. Premium volume decreased slightly by 2%.

John Coomber, Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re comments, "Our successful renewal has demonstrated Swiss Re's ability to maintain the quality of the business, not just in terms of prices but also in achieving better terms and conditions."

Premium rates stable and attractive

Swiss Re's Property, Casualty Business Group renewed 68% of their traditional treaty portfolio in January. While total volume is expected to be down 2% compared to last year, the renewed business grew by 4% due to underlying growth in cedents' portfolios and stable prices. Growth in Asia of 18% compensated for reduced volumes in the US where Swiss Re's focus on underwriting quality led to the cancellation of some liability business.

Financial Services Business Group's renewed portfolio represents 39% of their property, casualty and aviation business and 94% of the credit and surety business. Strict underwriting led to a volume decline of 3%, however, premium margins were maintained and Swiss Re further strengthened its leadership position in credit and surety.

Swiss Re remains committed to underwrite selectively and to deploy capital to the most attractive markets and products. The success of this latest renewal will lead to continued good results for Swiss Re in 2005.

Analysts' conference call

Swiss Re is holding an analysts' conference call today at 14.00 CET. The conference call can be followed by telephone on:

+41 91 610 5605
+1 866 865 5144
+44 207 107 0613

Slides with further information for the analyst conference as well as an audio playback facility are available here.

Notes to editors

Swiss Re is a leading reinsurer and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. The company is global, operating from 70 offices in 30 countries. Since its foundation in 1863, Swiss Re has been in the reinsurance business. Swiss Re has three business groups: Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Financial Services. Swiss Re offers a wide range of traditional reinsurance products and related services, which are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services. Swiss Re is rated "AA" by Standard, Poor's, "Aa2" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.

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  • uncertainties in estimating reserves;
  • risks and uncertainties relating to our estimates of the losses arising from the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack in the United States;
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