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HNB Assurance Records a Steady GWP Growth of 41% and HNB General Insurance GWP Grows by 24% During 1Q22

HNB Assurance PLC Group delivered a robust performance during 1Q22, recording a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 235 Mn, reflecting an impressive growth of 144%, compared to the PAT of LKR 96 Mn recorded during the corresponding period of 2021. The Group recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of LKR 4.3 Bn depicting a notable growth of 33%. Sharing her views on the Group’s financial performance, Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mrs. Rose Cooray stated, “In spite of several macro-economic challenges prevailing in the market, HNBA and HNBGI delivered an outstanding performance during the first quarter of the year. Both HNBA and HNBGI held a firm stand in delivering these stellar results which contributed to the topline and profitability growth of the Group. These results demonstrate our customer-centric and well-curated business strategies in capturing markets with growth potential. The Life Insurance business recorded a GWP of LKR 2.3 Bn and the General Insurance business recorded a GWP of LKR 1.9 Bn, showcasing an impressive growth of 41% and 24% respectively. Other Revenue of the Group surpassed LKR 1 Bn during 1Q22 marking a 30% growth. During the period, Total Assets of the Group surpassed LKR 37 Bn and Financial Investments surpassed Rs. 30 Bn. The Investment Income of the Group for the period was LKR 938 Mn with an outstanding growth of 40% compared to corresponding period of the previous year and continued to maintain an investment portfolio with healthy credit quality.  The Group remains well focused on its clear motive to explore and capture new markets by providing an innovative and a superlative customer experience while maxing shareholder returns”. Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, Chief Executive Officer of HNB Assurance PLC expressed his views stating, “HNBA concluded another successful quarter showcasing a steady and stable growth momentum, amidst increasing challenges in the external environment. During 1Q22 HNBA recorded a GWP of LKR 2.3 Bn, showcasing a stellar growth of 41%. During the period, the Life Insurance fund reached LKR 21.4 Bn. The Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of HNBA during 1Q22 stood at 281%. This further reaffirms the Company’s financial stability as CAR is well above the minimum stipulated rate of 120% as directed by the Regulator. Owing to our promise, HNBA settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to LKR 527 Mn”. Mr. Wimalaratne added, “These results are a testament to our well-focused strategies and collective efforts of all teams. Backed by an A+ (lka) rating for National Insurance Financial Strength by Fitch Ratings Lanka, the Management of HNBA remains confident of its competitive advantage and strong financial footing and is focused on what’s ahead and seizing every opportunity to expand its footprint in the market”.  Expressing his views, Chief Executive Officer of HNBGI, Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara stated, “During a challenging period for the entire insurance industry, HNBGI was able to deliver steady financial results capitalizing on its service and operational excellence. Surpassing the industry growth rates, HNBGI recorded a GWP of LKR 1.9 Bn showcasing an impressive growth of 24% during 1Q22. The Company continued to deploy its agile business strategies despite the on-going economic challenges and was able to seize several growth opportunities. The Miscellaneous and Motor Insurance segments delivered a notable performance followed by Fire and Engineering segments. During the period, the Company settled Insurance Benefits and Claims amounting to over LKR 830 Mn showcasing our steady commitment to our customers. Demonstrating the Company’s strong financial footing, the Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of HNBGI stood at 247%, well above the regulatory requirement. The General Insurance Contract Liabilities surpassed LKR 4.2 Bn.” Mr. Jayasundara further stated, “As one of the two Fitch Rated General Insurers in the country with an A+ (lka) rating for ‘National Insurer Financial Strength’, HNBGI will continue to steer its course through many challenges to further consolidate its footprint in the market whilst sustaining our core business model and delivering value to all stakeholders”. HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 64 branches. HNBA is a Life Insurance company with a rating of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating'. Following the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was created and commenced its operations in January 2015; HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions and is a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. HNB General Insurance has been assigned a 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating' of ‘A+’ (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited. HNBA and HNBGI are rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and HNB Assurance has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence including the Great Place To Work® Certification. HNB Assurance was awarded the Best Bancassurance Service Provider in Sri Lanka by Global Banking and Finance Review and has won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.
 

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HNB Assurance Wins Gold at National Quality and Productivity Convention 2024

Setting a new benchmark for itself, HNB Assurance PLC bagged the prestigious Gold Award at the National Convention on Quality and Productivity 2024, hosted by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP). The company’s project to streamline its procurement operations while reducing and lead time was recognized for its impact and use of automation.Aligned to the company’s broader objective of efficiency improvement and value creation, this award-winning project is part of HNB Assurance's strategy to improve operational efficiency and achieve 100% paperless operations by 2026. HNB Assurance PLC’s CEO, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, shared his thoughts "Winning this award is a great honor as it recognizes our commitment to enhancing our operations whereby helping us provide better value to our stakeholders. As a company, we continuously seek opportunities to embrace automation and digitization, so, credit to the Business Process Excellence Team along with IT, Finance, Procurement, and all other teams who collaborated and contributed to this remarkable achievement. I’m certain this recognition will motivate our teams to keep pushing the boundaries of excellence and reinforce our commitment to operational efficiency.”The Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology was used as the teams successfully improved the lead time of the procurement process. The DMAIC methodology can be used to identify bottlenecks, implement solutions, and achieve measurable improvements which in this case improved the overall efficiency of the company’s procurement operations."In this fast-paced digital world, staying ahead and meeting evolving customer demands requires us to improve and innovate continuously.” Stated Mrs. Geethani Saram, Head of Business Process Excellence and Strategy. “Internal processes are crucial, especially in the service industry, prompting us to reassess our methods and explore avenues for enhancement. This award resulted from a long-term strategic initiative by HNBA to empower employees for scientific recognition of operational gaps and their resolution through adaptation of Lean Six Sigma methodology. The framework facilitated identifying our procurement process as a critical area for improvement and implementing effective solutions to speed up and set a new standard. My sincere thanks to SLAAQP for this recognition as it validate our efforts and inspires us to continuously innovate and drive efficiency across all our processes.”

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Jun

HNBA and HNBGI Celebrate Partnership with HNB at Golden Awards 2024

The “Golden Awards 2024” hosted by HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance, celebrated and recognized the outstanding achievements of top performers, including network management and branch managers from Hatton National Bank, for their significant contributions to the growth of HNBA and HNBGI. The year 2023 was an outstanding period for both HNBA and HNBGI, with impressive financial performances which proved their partnership with HNB to be one of the best in the industry. Mr. Damith Pallewatte, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HNB, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, opined, “Having participated in this event for several years, it is incredibly heartening to witness the sustained growth and progress achieved by both HNBA and HNBGI. As we look to the future, I see immense potential and opportunity. I am confident that by continuing to innovate and prioritizing customer-centric solutions, we as a group, can not only maintain our strong position but also dominate the market. Let me also remind you that the bank is fully committed to supporting both HNBA and HNBGI, so let us get out there and redefine the landscape of banking and insurance.”The newly appointed Chairman of HNBA and HNBGI, Mr. Stuart Chapman, stated, “I’m delighted to address this wonderful gathering where we honor and recognize one of our most important stakeholders, HNB. The trust and collaboration between our institutions is what sets this partnership apart from others. As custodians of this relationship, I am confident that our combined efforts will ensure we deliver top-tier insurance solutions to our customers, meeting their needs with the highest standards of service and trust. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the award winners and thank the members of the management of HNB for their continued support. Further, as our companies, HNB, HNBA and HNBGI, embrace leadership transformations, I’d like to thank Mr. Jonathan Alles former MD of HNB and our very own former Chairperson Mrs. Rose Cooray for their contributions as well.”The Global Banking and Finance Review, UK, for the fourth consecutive year, honored HNBA as the Best Life Bancassurance Provider, while HNBGI was awarded the Best General Bancassurance Provider for the second consecutive year reflecting the success both HNBA and HNGI has maintained with HNB over the years.

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Jun

Stuart Chapman Appointed Chairman of HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stuart Chapman as the new Chairman, succeeding Mrs. Rose Cooray. With an exemplary career spanning four decades in multinational and local companies across diverse industries and particularly Insurance, Mr. Chapman brings a wealth of expertise to the organization.Mr. Chapman holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK), a Diploma in Life Insurance Sales and Marketing from the Life Underwriters Training Council (USA) and a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM). His professional affiliations include being a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and the Institute of Management (UK) as well as a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia).In addition to 16 years in insurance, Mr. Chapman has also held leadership positions in industries such as Healthcare, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Banking and Telecommunications. He has previously served as the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals, Director Life at Ceylinco Insurance, Managing Director LOLC, Director/CEO of Janashakthi Insurance, Marketing Director Reckitt Benckiser, and Senior Brand Manager Unilever, among other significant roles.Expressing his thoughts of his new role, Mr. Chapman stated, "I am honored to assume the position of Chairman at HNBA and HNBGI. Our companies have established a great foundation and a remarkable growth trajectory over the past couple of years. My goal is to support and enhance this growth while gearing the company to take full advantage of upcoming regulations and technological advancements that will shape the companies’ momentum in the years to come. With the incredible talent we possess and the unstinted support from HNB, I am confident that we have what it takes to deliver exceptional business results. Understanding Customers better, providing innovative and differentiated Customer solutions and enhancing shareholder value will be at the core of everything we do’. Mr. Chapman currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Limited and United Motors Lanka PLC. He has also been a vital part of industry associations, having held roles such as the Honorary President and Founder Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka, President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Co-Chairman of the Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

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