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13

Mar

HNBA Records an Impressive 26% GWP and 30% New business Growth in 2022

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) recorded an impressive growth of 26% in its Gross Written Premium (GWP) as at end December 2022 to reach LKR 8.9Bn. It is pertinent to note that this is in fact the highest GWP growth rate when compared with the Top 8 players in the Life Insurance industry in Sri Lanka, and is almost three fold of that of the industry which saw a growth of 9% . In terms of new business too, the Company was able to notch up a fantastic new business growth of 30% compared to last year which is almost 10 times as much as the industry average. Sharing his thoughts on the performance of the sales teams of the Company, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA opined “our growth has been driven consciously by way of acquisition of long-term endowment business that would ensure sustained growth of the business into the future”. He further went on to add, “we as team fought tooth and nail in acquiring new business whilst also working tirelessly in maintaining policy persistency; both being extremely onerous endeavours in a what was the most calamitous of environments to operate in. I am indeed most grateful to our two sales teams: the Agency Channel and the Alternate Channel teams for their phenomenal efforts in this most resounding of achievements”. He went on to add that the year saw the unveiling of the flagship health proposition in SupremeHealth Unlimited. Apart from this the Company was also the recipient of many awards both locally and internationally further affirming the solidity and all-encompassing nature of the growth that the Company has acquired for itself. The Company has also been able to produce 194 Million Dollar Round Table (MRDT) qualifiers this year up from 164 produced a year earlier. The Company unveiled its new branch outlook during the year offering a totally new experience in terms of aesthetics, ergonomics and convenience to our customers and employees alike. Chief Business Officer / GM – Advisor Distribution Channel of HNBA, Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe expressed his views stating, despite the numerous obstacles posed by the remnants of the global pandemic as well as economic and political upheaval, the HNBA Advisor Channel demonstrated unwavering performance, significantly boosting business growth. The Channel was able to contribute 56% to the total GWP of the Company growing by 19% to reach LKR 4.8 Bn as at the end of 2022. The growth was made possible by the expansion of the channel to burgeoning markets throughout the country. Recruitments campaigns were conducted national wide resulting the growth of the Advisor Force as well. With gratitude to the Advisor Force, Field Management , Distribution Management Team and the Sales Training Team, I’m confident that this momentum will continue into 2023 as well. Our channel produced 83 MDRT qualifiers during the year which is indeed a significant achievement”.  Mr. Sanesh Fernando, Chief Business Officer / GM - Partnership Business, sharing his thoughts on the growth of the Alternate Channel stated “The Alternate Channel team recorded expectational results in 2022 with Total GWP growing by 34% compared to the previous year to reach LKR 4.2 Bn . The Channel was also honoured to have received the Best Bancassurance Service Provider for the third consecutive year by the Global Banking and Finance Review and stands as testament to the resilience and vitality of the channel. I wish to very sincerely extend by most heartfelt appreciation to the Management of HNB, Other banking partners and all the insurance brokers who have been a pillar of strength in our growth thus far, as well as to our other partners who have been part of parcel of our growth”. He further went on to add that “with the development of other alternate channels of business we are poised for a high growth trajectory and I’m confident that our team will no stone unturned in achieving the objectives set for 2023”. 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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08

Mar

HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance join hands to launch “Liya Harasara 2023”.

HNB Assurance PLC, together with its fully-owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited, launched the 11th edition of Liya Harasara, an annual initiative aimed at paying tribute to the gracious spirit of womanhood and celebrating International Women’s Day. Sharing his views, HNBA's Chief Business Officer / GM- Advisor Distribution Channel, Harindra Ramasinghe, said, " It is a widely acknowledged fact that women are the backbone of any community, and play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for their families, as well as contributing to the growth of society and the economy. We are really happy to introduce Liya Harasara for the 11th straight year.  Over the years Liya Harasara has become one of the most anticipated initiatives in our calendar. This year’s edition of Liya Harasara offers a range of special insurance benefits and in addition, we have partnered with Lanka Hospitals, Vision Care, Eric Rajapakse, Swarnamahal, Chamathka, Pizza Hut, Taco Bel and Singer to offer exclusive discount schemes to our female policyholders”. Mr Sanesh Fernando, Chief Business Officer / GM – Partnership Business, sharing his thoughts stated “Through Liya Harasara, we aim to recognize all women for their invaluable contributions, and provide them with the support they need to fulfill their many roles with confidence and peace of mind. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I take this opportunity to invite and all females to make the most of this unique offering. The benefits of the Liya Harasara campaign can be availed from the 1st of March to the 30th of April, 2023.” Liya Harasara is an exclusive offering tailored for women and includes a range of special benefits. This year marks the 11th consecutive edition of Liya Harasara, which highlights the long-standing commitment of HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance to empowering women and recognizing their valuable contributions. "We are proud to support women on their journey towards empowerment and progress, and look forward to continuing this celebration and recognition for many years to come." Stated, Mr Dinesh Yogaratnam, Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of HNB Assurance. “We are committed to reevaluating and improving the Liya Harasara initiative, be it through the exclusive offers or the partnership we enter. We are delighted to have HNBGI this is year too, who have come forward to offer a free Personal Accident Cover for every motor insurance policy obtained.” The 11th edition of ‘Liya Harasara’ will offer an additional Free Life Cover of up to Rs. 1 Million for one year from HNB Assurance for Regular Premium Life Insurance policies. Moreover, a Daily Benefit for child birth and pregnancy related hospitalisation subject to maximum of 3 days per year would be offered to the Policyholder. In addition, ‘Liya Harasara’ offers a free Personal Accident Cover up to Rs. 500,000 for every Motor Insurance Policy obtained by females from HNBGI. 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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21

Feb

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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