This is a little interesting thing I found recently. On the 26th of November, 1977 at 5:10 PM Southern Television had it’s audio signal hijacked and in it’s place a speech from someone claiming to be a representative of some galactic command, asking that we surrender our weapons and live in peace.
The broadcast hijacking is real, whether it was from some an actual galactic command wanting us to give up violence and live in peace is very highly unlikely I feel, especially when you consider that is was only broadcasted to one small portion of the globe, in one language, and that sometime after this another similar broadcast hijacking would happen, this time with video as well as audio, in America, but rather than it being the broadcast of some alien message it was just some guy doing his own weird version of Max Headroom. Unfortunately there seems to be a fair few people who seem to think this is really and most YouTube submissions of this broadcast seem to come from these people which is kind of worrying.
WELLINGTON: SUNCORP Group, the ASX-listed general and life insurer whose local brands include Vero, AA Insurance and Asteron Life, has lifted annual earnings from its New Zealand businesses as the company benefited from fewer claims in the year.
THE insurer’s New Zealand business delivered a net profit of $175 million in the 12 months ended June 30, compared to $110m a year earlier, the…
Suncorp's NZ business boosts earnings on reduced claims
By Paul McBeth
Aug. 4 (BusinessDesk) - Suncorp Group, the ASX-listed general and life insurer whose local brands include Vero, AA Insurance and Asteron Life, lifted annual earnings from its New Zealand businesses as the company benefited from fewer claims in the year.
The insurer’s New Zealand business delivered a net profit of A$175 million in the 12 months ended June 30, compared to A$110 million a year earlier, the Brisbane-based company said in a statement. Of that, the insurer’s general business lifted trading profit to $159 million from $97 million a year earlier, on a 2.9 percent increase in gross written premiums. Underpinning the improved profitability was a reduction in severe weather claims and a reduced impact from earthquake reserve strengthening, Vero New Zealand chief executive Gary Dransfield told BusinessDesk.
“The top-line growth in kiwi dollars, at 2.9 percent, was reasonably flat compared to recent years, and it’s much more a lower claims story,” Dransfield said. “I’m hoping for a continuation of the relatively benign weather compared to the preceding three years or so, because that’s good for our shareholders and good for our customers.”
The New Zealand general insurance segment’s performance was in line with the wider Suncorp group, which reported a 55 percent increase in annual profit to A$1.13 billion on 2.1 percent gain in revenue to A$16.72 billion. The Australian firm’s board declared a final dividend of 38 Australian cents per share, taking ordinary dividends to 76 cents for the year, and announced a special dividend of 12 cents per share.
New Zealand gross written premiums rose 9.9 percent in local dollar terms across Suncorp’s motor business on record car sales and increased premiums, while home insurance revenues grew 7.9 percent. Suncorp’s commercial insurance premiums fell 2.8 percent as an increasingly competitive environment led to heightened discounting for renewals and new business.
Dransfield said he didn’t expect to see more consolidation among underwriters after Insurance Australia Group bought the New Zealand Lumley business.
“Now you’re probably seeing competitors seeing an opportunity to start up and try to build positions in niches,” he said. “It’s hard to see more consolidation in the underwriters, but in the brokers certainly.”
Suncorp’s New Zealand business is about a year into a three-year simplification programme, where it’s looking to create greater customer engagement with online tools.
Next month, the New Zealand general insurer expects to roll out new digital functionality for sales, services and claims.
Dransfield said the insurer is about 90 percent through its post-earthquake commercial claims in Christchurch, though residential claims are lagging behind, in the high-70 percent area, where more complex insurance arrangements, such as multi-unit dwellings, have slowed the process.
Suncorp’s ASX-listed rose 0.7 percent to A$14.43 today, and have declined 6.5 percent this year.