The international stock markets took off soaring.
The international stock markets took off soaring during the
first half of 2007. New historic highs were reached in some
cases. With the open outbreak of the US mortgage crises, the
liquidity bottleneck and widespread loss of trust
by investors, the markets then entered a volatile phase. It was,
possible to partially recover from the price declines
by the end of the year. As a result, most exchanges ended 2008
Stock exchanges see gains despite financial market crisis
In the USA, the DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE was up 6.4%
at the end of the year, after an all-time high of 14,198.10, and
the technology index NASDAQ COMPOSITE was even up by
9.8%. The representative index for Europe, the DJ EURO STOXX
50, saw a gain of 6.8%. The insurance stocks included in the
index DJ EURO STOXX Insurance, on the other hand, suffered
a loss of 10.1%. Top performers among the stock exchanges in
Europe were the DAX (+22.3%) as well as the share indices of the
Ukraine, Slovenia, Russia, the Czech Republic and Norway.
In the Far East, the Shanghai Composite shone with an annual
gain of 97%. The Japanese NIKKEI 225, on the other hand, fell
by about 11%.
Consolidation on the Vienna Stock Exchange
The Vienna Stock Exchange exhibited a phase of consolidation
after years as a top performer within Europe. The ATX started
with gains and hit a new record of 5,010 points at mid-year.
Then the massive corrections set in. The ATX finished 2007 at
4,512.98 points, for an annual gain of 1.1%.
Despite the volatile market attitude, more than €10 billion in
fresh capital was brought in during 2007, through seven IPOs as
well as capital increases, and the largest flotation in the history
of the Vienna Stock Exchange was performed. The market capitalisation
at the Vienna Stock Exchange increased considerably
to €157 billion.
UNIQA shares in a difficult environment
The UNIQA shares started the year 2007 promisingly at €25.09.
In accordance with the general stock market trend, the market
price rose considerably, primarily during the 2nd quarter. The
price reached an annual high of €28.10 on 25 April.
In the increasingly difficult environment, particularly for insurance
stocks, that worsened further in July with the irritations
on the international financial markets, UNIQA stock as well as
the index DJ EURO STOXX Insurance entered into a downward
trend, interrupted by brief recoveries. The final price at the end
of 2007 was €20.95 per share.
|Stock market price of UNIQA shares as at 31 Dec.
|Ø Trading volume/day in € million
|Market capitalisation as at 31 Dec. in € million
|Pre-tax earnings per share
|Dividend per share
Development of UNIQA shares
Increasing attention by analysts
Our communication with analysts and investors on all information
channels has led to increased attention on our insurance
group by the financial community. We once again took part
in roadshows and investor conferences, and held a number of
investor meetings. A rising number of international investment
banks and analyst teams watched UNIQA and published recommendations
for the financial community. These recommendations
can be read at any time on our Internet site.
Investment experts and analysts of the following companies are
currently studying our company:
- Raiffeisen Centrobank
- Credit Suisse
- Société Générale
- Erste Bank
- Morgan Stanley
- CA Cheuvreux
Stable shareholder structure
Shareholder structure of UNIQA Versicherungen AG
Our shareholder structure remained unchanged in 2007.
Austria Versicherungsverein Beteiligungs-Verwaltungs GmbH
holds 35.24%, BL Syndikat Beteiligungs Gesellschaft m.b.H.
holds 31.95%, UQ Beteiligung GmbH holds 6.97%, NÖ Landes-
Beteiligungsholding GmbH holds 5.22% and Collegialität
Versicherung auf Gegenseitigkeit holds 3.23% of the share
capital of the Groups parent company, UNIQA Versicherungen
AG. Due to their voting commitment, the shares of Austria
Versicherungsverein Beteiligungs-Verwaltungs GmbH, BL Syndikat
Beteiligungs Gesellschaft m.b.H. and Collegialität Versicherung
auf Gegenseitigkeit are counted together. The portfolio of own
shares remained unchanged at 0.29% at the end of 2007. The
free float remained at 17.10%.
||Vienna Stock Exchange
||ATXPrime, WBI, VÖNIX
UNIQA continues in sustainability index
After its departure from the ATX, UNIQA remains in the Prime
Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange as well as in the sustainability
VÖNIX, which is made up of 29 companies.
was started in 2005, and includes publicly listed companies that
are committed to sustainability as an economic
through consideration of environmental and social goals.
The performance of these companies in the VÖNIX demonstrates
that sustainability, corporate citizenship and corporate
social responsibility also pay off for investors. By the end of the
second year since the launch of the sustainability index, the
VÖNIX was able to gain 79.7% and beat the ATXPrime as a
benchmark by over 15 points.
Current information for the financial world
We keep our shareholders and the financial world constantly informed about current developments through the modern communications tools of investor relations. Our annual reports, quarterly reports and ad hoc releases are made available in writing or online via the website www.uniqagroup.com These reports and information can also be obtained in English at any time from our Investor Relations department.
Financial Calendar 2008
19 May 2008: Annual General Meeting
30 May 2008: 1st Quarterly Report 2008, Conference Call
2 June 2008: Ex-Dividend Day, Dividend Payment Day
29 August 2008: 2nd Quarterly Report 2008, Conference
27 November 2008: 3rd Quarterly Report 2008, Conference