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Canberra hailstorms impact Insurance Australia Group (ASX:IAG)
  • Insurance Australia Group's (IAG) half-year results have been impacted by the hailstorms affecting the ACT, NSW and VIC earlier this week
  • So far, over 28,000 claims have been made, a number expected to continue rising
  • The cost to the group is forecast to be $169 million before tax
  • Additionally, an $80 million post-tax provision has been implemented to help with customer refunds
  • A review of the company's pricing and processes identified a number of discounts customers did not receive
  • A team has been put together to organise refunds for all those affected
  • IAG's share price has closed over five per cent in the red, with shares trading for $7.30 each

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has informed shareholders its half year results have been impacted by the Canberra hailstorms.

The hailstorm which hit earlier this week caused significant damage to homes, cars and wildlife across the Australian Capital Territory. Extreme weather also made its way to New South Wales and Victoria, sending insurance claims soaring.

IAG has revised its financial year insurance margin from 16 per cent to 18 per cent to 14.5 per cent to 16.5 per cent.

It is expected damages from the storm will cost the group $169 million before tax.

By January 23, the insurance company received more than 28,000 claims stemming from the hailstorms. Over the coming days, this number is forecast to rise.

On top of the hailstorm damages, IAG is also in the process of customer remediation after a review uncovered a number of customers didn't receive eligible discounts.

A post-tax provision has been put in place for the sum of $80 million to assist with customer refunds.

"We're disappointed that some of our customers have not received the full premium discount they should have," IAG's CEO and Managing Director, Peter Harmer, said.

A team has been put together to continue identifying affected customers and organise refunds.

Peter outlined "this issue was identified as part of a proactive review of our pricing systems and processes, which is ongoing."

After announcing its revised earnings guidance to the Australian market, IAG's share price has closed 5.44 per cent in the red. Shares in the company are now trading for $7.30, after shedding 42 cents off its price.


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