Mapfre Middlesea plc

Mapfre Middlesea plc - Quote

Closing Price (€) 2.260 Change (€) 0.000
TWAP (€) 0.000 No. of Trades 0
Day's High (€) 0.000 Change (%) 0%
Day's Low (€) 0.000 Turnover (shares) 0
E.P.S (€) 0.093 Shares in issue (000) 92,000
P/E Ratio 24.3 Market Cap. (€000) 207,920
Net Div. Yield (%) 4.34 Net Dividend (€) 0.098
NAV per Share (€) 0.996 Indicative Div. Date May
Price to NAV (times) 2.270 Dividend Cover (times) 0.955
2019 Closing High (€) 2.400 2019 Closing Low (€) 1.830

Mapfre Middlesea plc - Profile

Mapfre Middlesea plc (previously known as Middlesea Insurance plc) was established in 1981 as the first Maltese composite insurance company transacting business in all classes of insurance and reinsurance in Malta and overseas.

In June 1999, prior to the takeover of Mid-Med Bank plc by HSBC Holdings plc, Mid-Med sold its 21% shareholding in Middlesea Insurance plc to the Government of Malta. This shareholding was then offered by the Government of Malta on 20 November to all Mid-Med Bank shareholders as at the close of business on 5 April 1999 (when the takeover of Mid-Med Bank was announced and the shares were suspended on the Malta Stock Exchange). On 10 January 2001, the Government of Malta, through a special deal on the Malta Stock Exchange, transferred the shares to all eligible investors who opted to participate in the offer.

In July 2000, Middlesea Insurance plc was granted a licence by the Gibraltarian Financial Services Commission to start operating a branch office in Gibraltar. Mascarenhas Insurance and Finance Limited were appointed as representative agents for the new branch in Gibraltar to underwrite most classes of business. On 1 January 2011 MSI ceased operations of its Gibraltar branch.

In August 2000 Middlesea Insurance plc acquired a 51% shareholding in Mapfre Progress S.p.A. (later renamed Progress Assicurazioni S.p.A), a non-life assurance Company based in Sicily and operating in Southern Italy. Through this acquisition, Middlesea Insurance plc joined forces with Corporacion Mapfre Compania Internacional de Reaseguros, one of the largest financial institutions in Spain. In August 2005, Middlesea Insurance plc acquired from Corporacion Mapfre S.A their 38.97% holding in Progress Assicurazioni S.p.A. As a result, the shareholding of Middlesea Insurance plc in Progress Assicurazioni increased from 51% to 89.97%. MSV Life plc (previously Middlesea Valletta Life Assurance Co Ltd) held the additional 10% of the Italian company. On March 2010, MSI announced that the Italian Insurance regulator appointed a Liquidator in order to oversee that Progress Assicurazioni S.p.A files for bankruptcy with the Italian Courts. The Liquidation process of Progress Assicurazioni S.p.A proceeded after a Court Ruling was given on the same day. The Liquidators were given 3 years from the day of the court ruling to complete the liquidation process.

In November 2002, Assicurazioni Generali sold 290,930 shares of Middlesea Insurance plc to Corporacion Mapfre S.A and as consequence the latter held 5.57% of Middlesea Insurance plc.

In January 2005, the Government of Malta sold 7.85% of its shareholding in Middlesea Insurance plc to Corporacion Mapfre S.A. Similarly, Air Malta sold 7.33% of its shareholding in Middlesea Insurance plc to the Spanish Company. As a result, the shareholding of Corporacion Mapfre S.A in Middlesea Insurance plc increased to 21%.

In September 2005, Munchener Ruckversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re) acquired an additional 7.17% of Middlesea Insurance plc from the Government of Malta increasing its shareholding to 19.9%.

In April 2011, Mapfre Internacional and Munich Re entered into an agreement where Munich Re sold its 19.9% shareholding in Middlesea Insurance to Mapfre Internacional. As a consequence, Mapfre Incternacional’s investment in Middlesea increased from 31.08% to 50.98%. In October 2011, in accordance with the Malta Financial Service Authority, Mapfre made a mandatory bid for the remaining Middlesea shares held by the general public. This mandatory bid increased its stake in Middlesea to 54.56%.

During the Annual General Meeting held on 24 April 2015, shareholders approved a resolution which effectively changed the Company’s name from Middlesea Insurance plc to Mapfre Middlesea plc.


  • Bee Insurance Management Services (100%): This Company was set up in 1991 for the purpose of providing feasibility studies, risk management incorporation, administration and comprehensive management services to captives and other insurance companies operating from Malta. In January 2002, Middlesea Group initiated a restructuring process and became the insurance manager for the Group providing back office support services to the General and Life Insurance Companies of this Group.
  • Euro Globe Ltd (100%): This Company deals in various investments including property, equities and fixed income securities.

Jointly Controlled Company

  • MSV Life plc (50%): this company specialises in the provision of life assurance and retirement planning schemes. This company was originally set up as a joint venture between Middlesea Insurance plc, Bank of Valletta plc and Munich Re. In September 2005, Bank of Valletta plc (BOV) purchased from Munich Re their 10% shareholding in MSV Life (previously Middlesea Valletta Life Assurance Company Limited). In addition, BOV also purchased from Middlesea Insurance plc a 1% shareholding in MSV. Following these purchases, Bank of Valletta plc and Middlesea Insurance plc both own 50% of MSV’s total equity. MSV Life owns Growth Investments Ltd which was set up in September 1997 representing Fidelity Investments. Growth offers a range of equity, bond, cash and asset allocation funds to its customers.
  • Church Wharf Properties Ltd (50%): A property company which is jointly owned by Middlesea Insurance plc and Middlesea Valletta Life Assurance Co. Ltd.

Share Capital

The Company was listed on the Malta Stock Exchange on 28 September 1994 with an issued share capital of 12.5 million ordinary shares having a nominal value of €1.1647 each.

Prior to the listing, the Company had an issued share capital of 5 million ordinary shares with a nominal value of €2.3294 each. Following a 2-for-1 share split in 1994, the Company’s share capital increased to 10 million ordinary shares of €1.1647 each. On 12 April 1994 the Company made a 1-for-4 rights issue, adding a further 2.5 million shares of €1.1647 each, bringing the total issued share capital to 12.5 million shares.

On 28 June 2006 Middlesea Insurance plc effected a 2-for-1 share split. As a result, the authorised share capital doubled from 30 million ordinary shares of €1.1647 each to 60 million ordinary shares of €0.5823 each and the issued share capital doubled from 12.5 million ordinary shares of €1.1647 each to 25 million shares of €0.5823 each.

In June 2008, following the introduction of the Euro, Middlesea Insurance plc increased the nominal value of its shares from €0.582343 to €0.60 each funded through a capitalisation of retained earnings. As a result, its Authorised share capital increased to €36,000,000 divided into 60 million shares whilst its issued share capital increased to €15,000,000 divided into 25 million shares fully paid.

After the significant losses incurred by the Italian subsidiary Progress Assicurazioni Spa eroded shareholders’ funds to €40.1 million as at 30 September 2009 from €85.8 million as at 31 December 2007, the Middlesea Group decided to reinstate the capital resources of the Company in line with statutory and regulatory capital requirements. This was done through a €40 million rights issue represented by 67,000,000 new shares at a price of €0.60 per share. Following the rights issue the shares in issue increased to 92 million.

News for Mapfre Middlesea plc

Mapfre Middlesea plc
Interim Statement
Oct 21, 2016 | Read More
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Interim Results
Jul 21, 2016 | Read More
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Board Meeting
Jun 16, 2016 | Read More
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Full-Year Results
Mar 02, 2016 | Read More
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Board Meeting
Feb 03, 2016 | Read More
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Interim Directors’ Statement
Oct 22, 2015 | Read More
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New Agent Agreement
Sep 15, 2015 | Read More
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Allcare Acquistion
Jul 27, 2015 | Read More
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Interim Results
Jul 23, 2015 | Read More
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Board Meeting
Jun 15, 2015 | Read More
Sector: Financial Services
ISIN: MT0000050105
Shares in Issue: 92,000,000
Nominal Value: €0.21
Trading Symbol: MMS
Listing: Official List
Main Subsidiaires:
  • Bee Insurance Management Services Ltd (100%)
  • Euro Globe Ltd (100%)
  • Euromed Risk Solutions Ltd (100%)
  • Church Wharf Properties Ltd (75%)
  • MSV Life plc (50%)
Top Shareholders:
  • Mapfre Internacional S.A. (54.56%)
  • Bank of Valletta plc (31.08%)
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