Truthfulness and accuracy of the presented financial statements
To the best knowledge of the PZU Management Board, the PZU Group and Issuer’s annual consolidated financial statements and comparative data have been prepared in line with the prevailing accounting principles, and honestly, accurately and clearly reflect the PZU Group’s and the Issuer’s assets and financial position as well as their financial result, and that the Management Board’s report on the PZU Group’s activity shows a true picture of the PZU Group’s and the Issuer’s development, results and position, including a description of the major threats and risks.
Cooperation with international public institutions
PZU Group companies cooperate among others with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Fund. EBRD acquired PLN 300 million in securities under the subordinated bond issue in 2017.
In 2018 Bank Pekao signed an agreement with the European Investment Fund pertaining to the portfolio guarantee line.
Under Solvency II PZU has the possibility of consulting the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).
Information about significant agreements executed between shareholders
The PZU Management Board does not have any information about agreements executed until the date of this Report on the activity of the PZU Group and PZU among shareholders as a result of which changes may transpire in the future in the percentages of shares held by its shareholders to date.
Information about significant executed agreements
In 2018 no significant contracts were executed in respect of the Issuer’s operations.
In 2017 PZU issued subordinated bonds with a nominal value of PLN 2.25 billion.
The bond redemption date is 29 July 2027 with an early repayment option on 29 July 2022. Section 8.7 DEBT FINANCING PZU, PEKAO AND ALIOR BANK
Related party transactions on terms other than on an arm’s length basis
In 2018, neither PZU nor its subsidiaries executed any transaction with their related parties which were of material significance individually or collectively and were executed on terms other than based on an arm’s length principle.
The tax group agreement for fiscal years 2018-2020 was signed on 20 September 2017. According to the agreement, the tax group consists of PZU, PZU Życie, LINK4, PZU CO, PZU Pomoc, Ogrodowa-Inwestycje, PZU Zdrowie, PZU Finanse, PZU LAB, Ipsilon, Omicron Bis, Tulare Investments and Battersby Investments.
Under the tax group agreement, PZU is the parent company representing the tax group. Pursuant to art. 25 section 1 of the CIT Act, the Tax Group performs settlements with the Tax Office on a monthly basis. PZU makes advance payments to the Tax Office for the CIT tax due from PZU’s overall Tax Group, while the member companies transfer the amount they owe in advance payments to PZU’s specified bank account.
According to the agreement, the new tax group does not include TFI PZU or Ardea Alba in liquidation, which previously belonged to the tax group established for the period of 2015 to 2017.
Purchase of treasury shares in the financial year
Within its trading activity Bank Pekao enters into transactions on PZU shares and futures. As at 31 December 2018 Bank Pekao held 7 447 PZU shares. As at 31 December 2018 consolidated funds held 268 thousand PZU shares. PZU did not hold any treasury shares as at 31 December 2018.
Credits and loans extended and taken out
Under their investment activity in 2018 PZU SA, PZU Życie SA and the funds managed by TFI PZU SA executed transactions to extend debt financing in the form of loans and bonds.
Companies in the PZU Group extend loans to one another. The following loans were extended in 2018 to the issuer’s related entities:
Armatura Kraków SA chiefly funds its business using loans totaling PLN 69 million. In 2018 the financing banks extended the maturity of the loans.
Granted and received guarantees and sureties
In 2018, neither PZU nor its subsidiaries granted any sureties for a loan or borrowing or gave guarantees to any single entity or any subsidiary of such an entity if the total amount of outstanding sureties or guarantees would be significant, except for the first guarantee securing loan repayment by a subsidiary with a guarantee sum of PLN 495 million after conversion.
On 8 November 2017, PZU executed a mandate contract with Alior Bank on periodic granting of insurance guarantees constituting unfunded credit protection and a framework mandate agreement on the periodic granting of counter-guarantees (Current Report No. 64/2017). The maximum exposure limit for guarantees is PLN 5 billion (say: five billion Polish zloty) and is in force for a period of 3 years.
Information regarding the off-balance sheet items as at the end of 2018 is set forth in CHAPTER 6.6 ASSET AND LIABILITY STRUCTURE.
Business seasonality or cyclicity
PZU’s business is not seasonal or cyclical to an extent that would justify application of the suggestions set forth in the International Financial Reporting Standards.
Rules of preparation
The Rules of preparing the annual consolidated financial statements have been described in the PZU Group’s consolidated financial statements.
Assessment of the management of financial resources, including the capacity to satisfy the assumed liabilities and specification of possible threats and actions taken or to be taken by the Issuer to counter these threats Assessment of the performance of investment-related intentions
The PZU Group and the Issuer are in very good financial standing and satisfy all the safety criteria imposed by the legal regulations and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.
The Issuer’s stable rating outlook confirms that PZU has a strong business position, has a high level of equity, and is well-poised to achieve its intentions when it comes to investments.
The PZU Group has not published any forecasts of its financial results.
In 2018 and up to the date of preparation of this report on the activity of the PZU Group and PZU, there were no pending proceedings before court, a body competent to hear arbitration proceedings or a public authority body concerning liabilities or receivables of PZU or a direct or indirect subsidiary thereof whose unit value would be material except for the issues described in the PZU Group’s consolidated financial statements and PZU’s financial statements for 2018.
As at 31 December 2018, the total value of all the 217,810 cases pending before courts, competent bodies for arbitral proceedings or public administration authorities to which PZU Group entities are a party was PLN 7,804 million (of which PZU was a party to 146,551 cases with a total value of PLN 3,482 million). PLN 4,108 million of that amount pertains to liabilities and PLN 3,696 million to the accounts receivable of PZU Group companies (including 3,060 of liabilities and PLN 423 million of the Issuer’s accounts receivable).
Management Board’s Report on the Activity of the PZU Group and PZU SA for 2018 has 240 consecutively-numbered pages.
Signatures of PZU Management Board Members
Paweł Surówka – President of the Management Board
Roger Hodgkiss – Management Board Member
Tomasz Kulik – Management Board Member
Maciej Rapkiewicz – Management Board Member
Małgorzata Sadurska – Management Board Member
Warsaw 12 March 2019