The Baloise Group is more than just a traditional insurance company. The changing security, safety and service needs of society in the digital age lie at the heart of its business activities. The 7,900 or so employees of Baloise therefore focus on the wishes of their customers. The best possible customer service, combined with innovative products and services, makes Baloise the first choice for people who want to feel ‘simply safe’. Located at the heart of Europe, with its head office in Basel, the Baloise Group is a provider of prevention, pension, assistance and insurance solutions. Its core markets are Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Switzerland, the Group also operates as a specialised financial services provider, offering a combination of insurance and banking services. The Group offers innovative pension products to retail customers throughout Europe from its competence centre in Luxembourg. Bâloise Holding Ltd shares are listed in the main segment of the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Baloise Bank SoBa was very satisfied with operating results in the first half of the year. Lending business developed very positively in spite of the continuing low-interest environment. Interest earnings amounted to CHF 37.5 million in the first half of 2019. “Despite considerable interest margin pressure, we were able to successfully advance our strategic business model in conjunction with insurance, recording further satisfying growth figures”, explains Jürg Ritz, CEO of Baloise Bank SoBa.
Asset mandate continues to impress as a strategic cornerstone with a net performance development of up to 16.4%
Asset management and advisory mandates grew by more than 10% in the first half of the year. This is especially significant given the highs on the local stock exchanges. Market-induced investor reluctance has had no impact on the growth of mandates. Joint positioning as a bank and insurance provider with a strategic focus on pensions and wealth management has further supported this development. This has seen commission income increase and compensated for the margin-driven decline in interest income.
Net profit fell by CHF 1.2 million compared with the previous year (–8.5%), totalling CHF 12.6 million. Taking into account the non-recurring effects of the previous year (due to sales of shares among other things), the result remained on a par with the previous year, which served to reinforce the positive operating results.
Advantageous mortgage terms in a historically low interest environment
To coincide with the current low interest environment, as of September, Baloise Bank SoBa and Baloise Insurance are launching the mortgage promotion “One year’s free mortgage”. Over the chosen term, the customer saves on up to one year’s mortgage interest, so customers stand to benefit twice over when taking out a new mortgage. “This promotion makes already favourable interest conditions even more attractive to customers. Thanks to our holistic approach, we can offer homeowners custom solutions from a single source. As well as financing by the Bank, we can offer intelligent means of hedging against the relevant risks involved with buying your own home”, concludes Jürg Ritz.