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HNB Assurance's Annual Report Showcases 15 Years of Success and Delighted Stakeholders

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) released its Integrated Annual Report for the financial year 2016 which highlighted the growth in Life Insurance as well as the General Insurance business. The Annual Report of the Company showcased its journey of 15 years and the impact which the business has created on all stakeholders throughout its journey. Sharing her views on the performance of HNBA and HNBGI over 2016, Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI stated, "It surely was a year of stiff competition across the entire industry. Owing to the regulatory requirements and fulfilling the legal and social obligations, several strategic changes were made in order to secure market share and to achieve a favorable business growth. In comparison with the previous financial results of 2015, I am indeed pleased to state that performance of both HNBA and HNBGI resulted in a 22% top-line growth and a growth of 228% in the bottom-line". "The Life and General Insurance industries in Sri Lanka are highly competitive and dynamic. The Regulatory measures have brought in a framework for the governance structure and the effective use of capital. The Life Insurance industry as a whole recorded a growth of 19% and General Insurance segment posted a growth of 14% as opposed to the growth of the Life Insurance industry of 20% in 2015 and the growth of the General Insurance segment of 15% in 2015. HNBA and HNBGI surpassed the industry growth rates recording growth rates of 27% in its life business and 16% in its general business" she added. Speaking further on the growth perspectives of the Group, Mrs. Cooray added "the Group was able to record a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 647 Million, showcasing a growth of 228% over 2015. This was the highest PAT the Group recorded since its inception. It is important to note that the Group recorded this significant achievement as a result of the turnaround of HNBGI from loss to profit". Sharing his views on the performance of 2016, Deepthi Lokuarachhci, Chief Executive Office of HNBA and HNBGI stated, "2016 was a challenging year for the entire Insurance industry and the key challenges faced included the high settlement of claims which arose from two devastating catastrophes. Yet, the business was successful in deploying its strategies and capabilities across the Group which led both businesses to yield a profitable growth. The transition from the solvency regime to the Risk Based Capital (RBC) brought in significant changes in valuing Insurance contract liabilities and regulatory reporting”. Speaking on the performance of each category, Mr. Lokuarachchi stated “the Life business showed a remarkable growth surpassing the industry growth and was able to retain an industry rank of six. HNBA was able to record its highest net profit of Rs. 600 Million as opposed to Rs. 427 Million in 2015. The Life business showed a GWP of Rs. 3,554 Million and a Net Income of Rs. 4,427 Million, whereas the General business showed a GWP of Rs. 3,142 Million and a Net Income of Rs. 2,516 Million. The Life Fund reached an 8.6 Billion Rupee mark over 2016. HNBA was able to declare a maximum bonus of Rs. 54 per Rs. 1,000 to its policy holders and a dividend rate of 8% for policyholders of the fund-based product category. The General Insurance business was able to maintain a healthy balanced mix between the Motor and Non-motor segments. The brand was able to retain its position within the top ten General Insurers of Sri Lanka. With this growth momentum, the Board as well as the Management of HNBA and HNBGI has derived sustainable business strategies which would allow the business to compete in a challenging business environment and to post a steady growth during the course of 2017".

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HNB Assurance Strengthens Presence with Relocation of Branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">HNB Assurance PLC, is delighted to announce the relocation of its branches to prime locations in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya. These strategic moves reflect on the company's intention to enhancing accessibility and service delivery to customers in key regions across the island. Providing convenient access to its comprehensive range of insurance products and services, including protection, health, savings, retirement and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:150%;mso-spacerun:yes;"> </span><span style="line-height:150%;">MRP has contributed to the progress of the company, showcasing a 20% year on year growth continuously over the past three years.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, expressing his thoughts at the branch openings, stated, “The decision to relocate our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya was driven by our strategic vision to position ourselves in key high-traffic areas, enabling us to foster deeper connections with our customers and offer tailored insurance solutions that safeguard what matters most to them. As we embark on this journey of growth, our branch network remains integral, serving as the bedrock to our customer-centric approach. I have full confidence that these new locations will not only amplify our presence but also elevate the level of service we provide to the local communities."</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe, Chief Business Officer – Advisor Distribution Channel, emphasized the significance of the relocations in enhancing customer experience. "At HNB Assurance, we are constantly striving to exceed customer expectations and deliver exceptional value. Last year, we were honored for our pioneering Insurance Distribution initiative at the prestigious Emerging Asia Insurance Awards, a recognition which underscores our commitment not only to expansion but also for being innovative with our Distribution Strategy. The relocation of our branches in Nugegoda and Nuwara Eliya enables us to build closer relationships with our customers and provide them with unparalleled support and assistance. With a branch network of 69 branches and an advisor force in excess of 3500, the advisor distribution channel at HNBA has consistently displayed growth and innovation. I extend my heartfelt appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our teams and convey my best wishes for success to both branch teams.”</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%;text-align:justify;"><span style="font-family:&quot;HNBA &amp; GI&quot;;font-size:10.0pt;"><span style="line-height:150%;">The Nugegoda branch is now located at 69, S da S Jayasingha Mawatha, Kohuwala, Nugegoda, while the Nuwara Eliya branch has been relocated to 31/1/1, Lowson Street, Nuwara Eliya.&nbsp;</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Hosts Liya Harasara Event in Pujapitiya

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC, recently organized a special event in celebration of International Women's Day, in Pujapitiya, Kandy. The event, which took place in collaboration with the Pujapitiya Provincial Council, aimed to empower and inspire women in the local community.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The event marked the launch of the 12th edition of “Liya Harasara”, an annual initiative dedicated to acknowledging and supporting the contributions of women along with the remarkable essence of womanhood, while celebrating International Women’s Day. Additionally, "Liya Harasara" seeks to recognize the achievements of women across various fields and foster an environment of empowerment and inclusivity.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Featuring insightful sessions facilitated by distinguished individuals in their respective fields, Apsari Tillakaratne, addressed the gathering and shared personal insights from her life on how to overcome challenges. Sunethra Kumari shared her expertise, providing valuable insights into beauty and self-care practices while W.M. Sarani Pushpakumara, delivered an informative session on the importance of nutrition for overall well-being.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Attendees from the vicinity of Pujapitiya had the opportunity to engage with the facilitators, learn from their expertise, and participate in discussions aimed at promoting women's empowerment and holistic well-being. The event served as a platform for women to connect, share experiences and inspire each other towards personal and professional growth.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance remains committed to supporting initiatives that promote gender equality, empower women and contribute to the well-being of communities across Sri Lanka. Additionally, the company also offers special benefits to females for new policies obtained during the month of March and April, 2024.</span></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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Mar

HNB Assurance Celebrates First Anniversary of Empowering Women with In.She

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">HNB Assurance PLC proudly celebrated the first anniversary of its groundbreaking women empowerment program, In.she. This initiative, designed to uplift and support women within both the insurance industry and the company, aims to foster gender equality and diversity.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Launched on March 8<sup>th</sup>, 2023, in celebration of International Women's Day, In.she has exemplified HNB Assurance's commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and empowering women to excel in their careers. The program's first-year celebration, held at the Royal MAS Arena, set the stage for a continued journey of empowerment and growth.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">In recognition of its efforts, HNB Assurance was recognized as one of the female-friendly workplaces to work in 2023, a testament to the company's support for women's advancement and well-being.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">The first anniversary celebration, themed "Glamor Galore," showcased a fashion show featuring designs and models from within the company's talented staff. Additionally, a panel discussion was hosted during the event, featuring esteemed personalities such as Yureni Noshika, Chathurika Peries, Ruchira Karunarathne and Dilini Jayasuriya.</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, sharing his thoughts at the first year anniversary of In.She, stated, "</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">At HNB Assurance, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where every individual, irrespective of gender, has the opportunity to excel. However, we must acknowledge that there are specific challenges that disproportionately impact women due to social and cultural factors, a key feature of our In.She program is to address and overcome these obstacles by providing support and resources required."</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:normal;"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Mr.</span> <span style="mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;">Navin Rupasinghe, Head of Human Resources / Assistant General Manager of HNBA, added, "Our journey with In.She has been incredibly rewarding and we are thrilled to celebrate its first anniversary. Through this program, we have witnessed the remarkable potential of our female workforce. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the In.She team for their efforts and passion in driving this initiative, let me also remind and emphasize that the management stands firmly behind this endeavor, offering complete support to ensure its continued success.”</span><o:p></o:p></p>

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