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Direct Line lines up £100m share buyback; annual profit falls on weather-related claims

By BFN News | 07:59 AM | Monday 08 March, 2021

Insurance company Direct Line Insurance announced a £100 million share buyback programme. The company also reported a fall in annual profit amid major weather-related claims and one-off costs. For the year ended 31 December 2020, pre-tax profit fell by £58.3 million to £451.4 million as gross written premiums fell 0.7% to £3.18 billion. Major weather costs increased to £43.0 million from £6.0 million. The combined operating ratio rose to 90.3% from 86.9% due to a reduction in prior-year reserve releases. The final dividend proposed of 14.7 pence per share, represented an increase of 2.1%, and the company announced a a share buyback programme of up to £100 million. 'Turning to the year ahead, we feel confident that we can build on the momentum we've created and become a tech and data driven insurance company of the future with our customers at its heart,' the company said. Story provided by

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