Zurich reports financial adjustments to its German General Insurance business

Zurich, October 17, 2012 – Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) announced today that as the result of a review of its General Insurance business in Germany, including an in-depth claims file review, the Group will strengthen its claims provisions, primarily in the long-tail liability lines, and write-off a portion of its deferred acquisition costs. The current estimate of these financial adjustments totals approximately USD 550 million (before tax) and will be included in Zurich’s business operating profit (BOP) for its nine months, ended September 30, 2012. The estimated after tax amount is approximately USD 390 million.

Zurich’s leadership is disappointed with this significant financial adjustment and has taken the necessary steps including engaging external experts to validate the remediation actions being taken in Germany. The other businesses continue to deliver as expected through the third quarter of 2012 and Zurich continues to progress well towards its strategic targets.

The financial results of Zurich for the first nine months 2012 are due to be released on November 15.

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services Group, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt program which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.

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