The results were in line with the forecast of “clearly in excess of €600m (£537m)” that the group published in November 2020.
Operating profit (EBIT) for the year declined to €1.7bn (£1.49bn) from €2.4bn (£2.1bn) the previous year, while gross written premiums rose 4.1% to €41.1bn (£36.1bn) from €39.5bn (£34.7bn) for the recorded period in 2019.
Additionally coronavirus claims expenses amounted to €1.5bn (£1.3bn) in the industrial insurance and reinsurance in particular. Without these claims resulting from the historic global pandemic the group said it would have exceeded last year’s record results.
For financial year 2021, the group said it expects net income to range between €800m (£703m) and €900m (£791m), despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Talanx revealed it is continuing to pursue its “medium-term targets” for the period up to financial year 2022, and especially “average annual growth” in earnings per share of at least 5% compared with the original target of €850m (£747m) for financial year 2018.