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PZU Group has a solid capital base, which is much higher than the capital requirements and the average values for the insurance sector in Poland.

In accordance with the Act on Insurance Activity, an insurance company with its registered office on the territory of Poland is obliged to maintain its own funds at an amount of no less than the solvency margin and no less than the guarantee capital. Because of the lack of regulations defining the calculation of the solvency margin and the amount of own funds for the Group, PZU applies a ratio calculated on the basis of the unit solvency margins and own funds (using Solvency I rules) of insurance companies, taking into account consolidation adjustments.

PZU and PZU Życie’s unit solvency margins and own funds were calculated on the basis of Polish Accounting Standards and the requirements of the Regulation of 28th November 2003 on the method of calculating the solvency margin and the minimum amount of guarantee capital for insurance categories and groups (Journal of Laws No. 211 of 2003, item 2060 as amended).

The capital requirement calculation model will be changed when Solvency II enters into force.

PZU also maintains assets for covering technical reserves in excess of the required level. At the end of 2014, the assets to technical provisions ratio amounted to: 118,3% for PZU and 117% for PZU Życie.

Calculation of own funds for solvency margin coverage20142013201220112010
Amount of PZU Group’s own funds of (in PLN million) 10,081 11,377 12,756 10,959 11,336
PZU Group’s solvency margin (in PLN million) 3,462 3,234 3,144 3,106 3,081
PZU Group’s guarantee capital (in PLN million) 1,154 1,078 1,048 1,035 1,027
PZU Group’s solvency margin coverage with own funds 291,2% 351.8% 405.8% 352.9% 367.9%
PZU Group’s guarantee capital coverage with own funds 873.6% 1,055.5% 1,217.3% 1,058.6% 1,103.7%
PZU Group’s guarantee capital coverage with own funds 7,981 9,506 10,956 9,192 9,593
PZU’s solvency margin coverage with own funds 585.9% 697.7% 815.3% 686.6% 716.6%
Amount of PZU Życie ’s own funds (in PLN million) 3,996 4,185 6,551 5,704 6,233
PZU Życie ’s solvency margin coverage with own funds 224.1% 235.5% 376.00% 332.5% 367.0%