AXA Group reduces its dividend proposal as a result of EIOPA and ACPR recommendations on COVID-19 pandemic

3 June 2020 — press.release
Following recent communications from EIOPA and the Autorite de Controle Prudentiel et de Resolution ("ACPR"), relating to the adoption of a prudent approach towards dividend distributions during the Covid-19 pandemic, AXA's Board of Directors, at its meeting on June 2nd, decided to reduce its dividend proposal from Euro 1.43 per share to Euro 0.73 per share.

This proposal is subject to approval by shareholders at AXA's Annual General Meeting on June 30, 2020. The dividend is expected to be paid on July 9, 2020 with an ex-dividend date of July 7, 2020.

The Board may consider proposing an additional payment to shareholders in 4Q 2020, up to Euro 0.70 per share, as an exceptional distribution of reserves, subject to favorable market and regulatory conditions at that time. In the event that the Board decides to propose an additional payment, the proposal would then be subject to approval by shareholders at an adhoc General Meeting.

During the meeting, AXA's management also updated the Board on its current best estimate of the impact on 2020 underlying earnings for the Group from claims related to Covid-19. These estimates add further precision to the indications already provided in the 1Q20 disclosure, notably:
  • P&C: an overall claims cost of ca. Euro -1.2 billion post-tax and net of reinsurance. Consistent with indications given in the 1Q20 disclosure, management expects the most material impacts from Business Interruption and Event Cancellation, and to a lesser extent from other lines (e.g. D&O, Liability and Travel), partly offset by reduced claims in some areas, notably from Motor.
  • Life and Health: no material deviation has been observed in current claims experience.
  • Solidarity measures: an overall impact of ca. Euro -0.3 billion post-tax. This includes extended health and disability coverage to vulnerable customers, most notably in France.

The estimates provided above are based on management's current assessment and are subject to change depending on the continued evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and its related impacts. For investment margin, unit-linked and asset management fees, no estimate is provided as the impact will depend on the evolution of financial market conditions through the remainder of the year.


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