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UPDATE 3-Allianz sees better 2021 after worst year in nearly a decade

* Full-year net profit down 14%,

* First operating profit fall since 2011

* Sees rise in operating profit in 2021 (Recasts, adds analyst, detail)

FRANKFURT, Feb 19 (Reuters) - German insurer Allianz posted its first fall in annual operating profit in nearly a decade on Friday on higher claims from businesses hit by lockdowns and lower demand for car and travel insurance.

Operating profit fell 9.3% to 10.75 billion euros ($13.01 billion) in its first decline since 2011 when it was hit with claims from a tsunami in Japan and write-offs during the European debt crisis.

The company aims to achieve a 2021 operating profit of 12 billion euros, plus or minus 1 billion euros.

“We are hence in a good position to deliver on our 2021 ambition,” CEO Oliver Baete said.

Net profit attributable to shareholders fell 14% to 6.8 billion euros but the slide shrank to a smaller-than-expected 2.2% in the final quarter.

Fourth-quarter net profit of 1.817 billion euros topped the 1.753 billion expected by analysts.

“In our view, Allianz’s release reads surprisingly positively,” Jefferies wrote in a note to clients.

($1 = 0.8262 euros)

Reporting by Tom Sims; editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Jason Neely

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