VIG to increase its presence in Poland by acquiring the local unit of GOTHAER

Austrian VIG said is acquiring 100% of the shares of Polish non-life insurer GOTHAER Towarzystwo Ubezpieczen (GOTHAER TU). The purchase agreement was signed on 6 June 2018. The purchase is subject to approval by the local authorities.

The Polish insurance subsidiary of the GOTHAER Group is located in Warsaw and mainly distributes its non-life insurance products through brokers and agents. GOTHAER TU has six branches and an extensive network of agents.

A solid premium volume of around EUR 150 million was generated in 2017. GOTHAER TU serves more than 632,000 customers and manages around 2 million insurance policies. It currently has 530 employees.

"Our acquisition of GOTHAER TU provides us with a large customer portfolio in a non-life insurance area that is important to us and access to an extensive network of sales agents. We also expand our market presence in Poland. We are number 4 in the overall market and non-life segment. The purchase of GOTHAER TU increases our market share in the non-life segment from 6.2% to 7.8%. This therefore represents a significant step towards our goal of achieving a market share of at least ten percent in Poland over the medium term", explained Franz FUCHS, Member of the VIG Managing Board responsible for Poland.

VIG operates with four companies and three different brands in the Polish insurance market. The VIG companies are COMPENSA Life, COMPENSA Non-Life, InterRisk and the life insurance company VIENNA Life.

Premiums written in Poland rose to around EUR 887 million in 2017. Profit before taxes increased significantly to EUR 35.5 million and the combined ratio was an excellent 93.9% in 2017.

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