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HNB Assurance Group PAT up by 50% and Group GWP by 24% in 2022.

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its wholly owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) ended 2022 in spectacular fashion with the Group figures indicating a growth in Profit After Tax (PAT) of 50% to Rs 1,830.5 Mn for the year ended December 2022 compared to Rs 1,223.6 Mn recorded a year earlier. In terms of Gross Written Premium (GWP), the Group recorded Rs 15.6 Bn growing by a handsome 24% compared to the previous year. “I certainly am elated by the performance of both companies in a year of unprecedented challenges” said Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI sharing her views on the Group’s performance, and pointed out that at a Group level, GWP grew by 24% to Rs 15.6 Bn as a result of the very aggressive strategies of new business acquisition that were put in place by HNBA and HNBGI, taking into account the volatilities that were prevalent in the socio economic and political fronts. “While the Group Assets surpassed the 40 Billion mark to reach Rs. 41.1 Bn with a growth of 15%, the Earnings Per Share (EPS) grew by 50% to Rs 12.20 compared to Rs 8.16 as at the end of 2021. The Group has been able to honour maturities and claims to the tune of Rs 5.6 Bn growing by 36% compared to the previous year”. Mrs. Cooray added “these results and the many awards that both companies won during the year are the outcome of keen management insight and strategies that have been put in place and implemented meticulously, and also augurs well for the performance of the two new CEO’s who took office at the beginning of the year. I resonate the sentiments of the Board in congratulating the teams of both companies for their stellar performance and reassure all our stakeholders that we will continue to add value to them into the future as well. The Group, whilst acquiring the latest in terms of technological capabilities have implemented many initiatives to rationalize their cost structures to ensure that resource utilization is at its optimal level”. In terms of the Life Businesses PAT, the Company was able to reach 1,483.6 Mn growing by an impressive 48% compared to Rs. 1,000.5 Mn recorded a year earlier, whilst in terms of GWP the Company recorded a growth of 26% to reach Rs. 8.9Bn by the year end, which in fact is the highest growth when compared with the top 8 players in the industry, whilst growth in terms of New Business achieved is 10 times more than that of the industry average. Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA sharing his thoughts on the performance of the Company stated, “this has been a remarkable year for us, not only have we been able to grow in terms of all our financial indicators; we have also had the honour of being the only Sri Lankan insurer to be listed amongst the top 70 best workplaces in Asia by Great Place to Work. Apart from this, we have won many awards during the year including Gold Award for Service Sector at the CNCI Achiever Awards as well as other awards for Digital Marketing, Financial Reporting, and also for our Bancassurance Operation. The Life Fund has reached Rs 24.4 Bn while the total assets of the Company has reached Rs 33.7 Bn and an increase of Return on Equity (ROE)by 22% as at the end of 2022.” Speaking further, Mr Wimalaratne added, “the Company has made much headway in terms of increasing the output and efficiencies of both the Advisor and the Partnership business channels. The Company was able to produce 194 MDRT qualifiers with 4 TOT’s and 12 COT qualifiers including the Company’s first MDRT Lifetime Member. The Company whilst unveiling its premier health proposition SupremeHealth Unlimited during the year, which enables customers to have the best medical treatment both here and overseas, also rolled out its new branch outlook at three strategic locations offering both customers and employees the best in terms of aesthetics, ergonomics, and convenience”. “All in all”, he reiterated “the Company is well on course to reach its 5 year plan and thanked the Board, Sales force and staff for their untiring efforts in this remarkable achievement”, and re-emphasized the Company’s commitment to its customers and all stakeholders in adding value to them. HNBGI saw its GWP reach Rs. 6.8Bn growing by 21% over 2021. Mr Sithumina Jayasundara, CEO of HNBGI stated that the General Insurance business has done well amidst many a challenge with almost no new vehicle registrations and a contraction in trade and commerce, whilst also grappling with an ever-increasing claims costs. The Company’s PAT grew by 33% to Rs. 450.4 Mn from Rs. 338.1 Mn recorded a year earlier. The Company saw a healthy rise in Total Assets which grew by 13% and a ROE of 20% as at the year end. A noteworthy fact was also the improvement of the Non-Motor segment which demonstrated a growth of 46% from the previous year. Further, the Company was the recipient of the Service Sector Silver Award at the CNCI Achiever Awards in 2022 and stands as testament to the overall performance of the Company Mr. Jayasundara further went on to add, “in the business of insurance the claim becomes the moment of truth for the customer, and we have been able to take some giant strides in offering a superlative claim settlement process, we have been able to reduce claim processing and settlement times and also have very successfully incorporated digitally enabled claim intimation process adding much convenience to the customer. Our efforts in this regard have won us acclaim by the Global Banking and Finance Review in being awarded the Best Claims Management Team Sri Lanka in 2022 auguring well for the soundness of the measures that have been put in place. Our aim in the next 4 years is to get to a market share of 10%, this is a journey that we embarked upon at the beginning of this year, and I am happy to state that we firmly are on course in this regard. I wish to thank the staff and all the intermediaries for the support extended to help us achieve the results we did”. 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 is 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, and 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 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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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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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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