The a.s.r. group comprises a number of operating and holding companies.
The operations of a.s.r. have been divided into five operating segments. The main segments are the Non-life and Life segment in which all insurance activities are presented. The other activities are presented as three separate segments being Asset Management, Distribution and Services and Holding and Other.
Insurance entities are entities that accept the transfer of insurance risks from policyholders. The Non-life segment consists of non-life insurance entities and their subsidiaries. These non-life insurance entities offer Non-life insurance contracts such as disability insurance and property and casualty insurance. The Life segment comprises the life insurance entity and its subsidiaries. This life insurance entity offers financial products such as life insurance contracts and life insurance contracts on behalf of policyholders. The Life segment also includes ASR Premiepensioeninstelling N.V. (a.s.r. PPI, previously known as Brand New Day Premiepensioeninstelling N.V.), which offers investment contracts to policyholders that bear no insurance risk and for which the actual return on investments allocated to the contract is passed on to the policyholder. The Non-life and Life segments have different levels of profitability and growth opportunities, as well as a different outlook and risk profile. See chapter 6.7.9 for a list of principal group companies and associates in the relevant segments.
The other activities consist of:
The Asset Management segment involves all activities related to asset management including investment property management. These activities include amongst others ASR Vermogensbeheer N.V., ASR Financieringen B.V., ASR Real Estate B.V. and ASR Hypotheken B.V.;
The Distribution and Services segment includes the activities related to distribution of insurance contracts and include amongst other Poliservice B.V. (Poliservice), Van Kampen Groep Holding B.V. (VKG), Van Kampen Geld B.V., Dutch ID B.V., Corins B.V., SuperGarant Verzekeringen B.V. (and ZZP Nederland Verzekeringen B.V. and Bedrijfsartsengroep B.V.), and ASR Vitaliteit & Preventieve Diensten B.V. (Vitality); and
The segment Holding and Other consists primarily of the holding activities of a.s.r. (including the group related activities), other holding and intermediate holding companies, the real estate development business (ASR Vastgoed Projecten B.V.), ASR Vooruit B.V., the investment firm that performs activities related to private investing for customers, and the activities of ASR Deelnemingen N.V.
The eliminations applied in the reconciliation of the segment information to the consolidated balance sheet and the consolidated income statement are separately presented in chapter 6.4.2 and 6.4.3.
The a.s.r. segment reporting shows the financial performance of each segment. The purpose is to allocate all items in the balance sheet and income statement to the segments that hold full management responsibility for them.
Segment information has been prepared in accordance with the accounting principles used for the preparation of a.s.r.’s consolidated financial statements (see chapter 6.3). Goodwill and other intangibles are presented in the related CGU’s segment. Intersegment transactions are conducted at arm’s length conditions. In general, cost related to centralised services are allocated to the segments based on the utilisation of these services.
The segments are assessed on their operating result as defined in chapter 6.10.