The activities of this segment are primarily conducted through two insurance companies; Israeli insurance company, Phoenix Holdings Ltd. (TASE: PHOE) of which Delek Group holds 55%, and general US insurer, Republic Companies, Inc. that is a wholly owned subsidiary.
The insurance and financial services sector contributed NIS 61 million to the Group's net income in the first nine months 2012, compared to a contribution of NIS 3 million in the same period last year.
Phoenix reported net profit amounting to NIS 114 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared to NIS 127 million last year. This improvement was due to improved equity market returns in the reported period compared to last year.
Republic Companies reported a net income amounting to US$1 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared with a net loss of US$ 25 million, in the first nine months of last year. Republic's results were affected by adverse weather conditions including hail storms in the States in which Republic operates. However, Republic recorded gains from sale of financial investments for a total of US$ 21.5 million in the first nine months of 2012, compared with profits totalling insignificant amounts in the same period last year.Dividend Distribution On November 28, 2012, the Board of Directors of Delek Group declared a cash dividend distribution for the third quarter of 2012 in the amount of approximately NIS 65 million (approximately NIS 5.7131 per share) to the shareholders on record as of December 12, 2012 and the dividend will be paid on December 24, 2012. Conference Call Details The Group will be hosting a conference call in English on December 2, 2012 at 5:30pm Israel time, 3:30pm UK time and 10:30am Eastern Time. Management will also be available to answer investor questions. To participate, please call one of the following teleconferencing numbers. Please begin placing your calls at least 5 minutes before the conference call commences. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.