Identification of reportable segments
In conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards – IFRS 8 “Operating Segments”, the reportable segments were determined in accordance with the internal reporting and management structure of the Group, on the basis of which the Group Board of Management regularly assesses the performance of the segments and decides on the allocation of resources to the segments. The Group splits its business activities into the areas of insurance and Corporate Operations. Insurance activities are further subdivided into five reportable segments. In view of the different product types, risks and capital allocations, a differentiation is initially made between primary insurance and reinsurance.
Since they are managed according to customer groups and geographical regions (domestic versus international) – and therefore span various lines of business – insurance activities in the primary sector are organised into three reportable segments: “Industrial Lines”, “Retail Germany” and “Retail International”. This segmentation also corresponds to the responsibilities of the members of the Board of Management.
Reinsurance business is handled solely by the Hannover Re Group and is divided into the two segments Non-Life Reinsurance and Life/Health Reinsurance in accordance with that group’s internal reporting system. In a departure from the segmentation used in the consolidated financial statements of Hannover Rück SE, however, we allocate that group’s holding functions to its Non-Life Reinsurance segment. By contrast, cross-segment loans within the Hannover Re Group are allocated to the two reinsurance segments in the consolidated financial statements of the Talanx Group (in the consolidated financial statements of Hannover Rück SE, these loans are shown in the consolidation column). Deviations between the segment results for reinsurance business as presented in the consolidated financial statements of Talanx AG and reported in the financial statements of Hannover Rück SE are thus unavoidable.
The major products and services from which these reportable segments generate income are set out below.
Industrial Lines: In the Industrial Lines segment we report worldwide industrial business as an independent segment. The scope of business operations encompasses a wide selection of insurance products such as liability, motor, accident, fire, property, legal protection, marine, special lines and engineering insurance for large and mid-sized enterprises in Germany and abroad. In addition, reinsurance is provided in various classes of insurance.
Retail Germany: Insurance activities serving German retail and commercial customers that span the various lines of business, including bancassurance business transacted Germany-wide – e.g. insurance products sold over the counter at banks – are managed in this reportable segment. In the area of life insurance, this segment provides insurance services across the border in Austria too. The products range from property/casualty insurance through all segments of life insurance and occupational pension insurance to all-round solutions for small and medium-sized companies and freelancers. The Group employs a wide range of sales channels, including its own exclusivity organisation as well as sales through independent brokers and multiple agents, direct sales and bank cooperations.
Retail International: The scope of operations in this segment encompasses insurance business transacted across the various lines of insurance with retail and commercial customers, including bancassurance activities in foreign markets. The range of insurance products includes motor insurance, property and casualty insurance, and marine and fire insurance as well as many products in the field of life insurance. A large part of international business is transacted by brokers and agents. Additionally, many companies in this segment use post offices and banks as sales channels.
Non-life reinsurance*: The most important activities are property and liability business with retail, commercial and industrial customers (first and foremost in the US and German markets), marine and aviation business, credit/surety business, structured reinsurance, and facultative and NatCat business.
Life/health reinsurance*: The segment comprises the international activities of the Hannover Re Group in all lines of life/health insurance. The Group also has speciality line products such as Sharia-compliant reinsurance.
Corporate Operations: In contrast to the five operating segments, the Corporate Operations segment encompasses management and other functional activities that support the business conducted by the Group, primarily relating to asset management and, in the primary insurance sector, the run-off and placement of portions of reinsurance cessions, including intra-group reinsurance as well as Group financing. Asset management for private and institutional investors outside the Group by Ampega Investment GmbH, Cologne, is also shown in this segment. This segment includes centralised service companies that provide specific billable services – such as IT, collection, personnel and accounting services – mainly to the Group’s primary insurers based in Germany.
* Please refer to our notes at the start of the section regarding the differences in segment results between the Talanx Group and the Hannover Re Group