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Sep

HNBA and HNBGI Celebrate Insurance Month with a Renewed Pledge to Protect

As the nation joins hands to celebrate Insurance Month, HNB Assurance (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance (HNBGI), stand at the forefront of the celebrations, highlighting their steadfast commitment to safeguarding the well-being and aspirations of all Sri Lankans. HNBA and HNBGI, two relatively young companies have made impressive strides in terms of growth over the past couple of years, which is a testament to the trust earned by the two companies within a short span of time. At the heart of this year’s celebration, for both HNBA and HNBGI, lies a focus on innovative insurance offerings that cater to the many requirements and needs of all Sri Lankans. From health to home, travel to trade, savings to investments, both HNBA and HNBGI have crafted solutions that anticipate risks, adjust to changing times and ensure that every policyholder receives the protection they need and deserve. Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratner, CEO of HNB Assurance, stated “Insurance month is about us as an industry being able to come together and remind ourselves and reaffirm our commitment of the service we offer. As we celebrate and reflect on the importance of insurance, we want our stakeholders and customers at HNB Assurance to experience value and perceive insurance beyond just a transaction. We firmly believe that insurance, as an offering, can be a national service that significantly contributes to the country's resilience and growth. This belief has been the driving force behind our continuous efforts towards product innovation and excellence. One remarkable outcome of this commitment is our premium health product, Supreme Health Unlimited, which stands arguably as the best in the market. Furthermore, our remarkable growth in the Advisor and Bancassurance channels have garnered international recognition. We are honored to have secured the Best Bancassurance Award for three consecutive years. While our Innovative Distribution Initiatives have also been acknowledged by Insurance Asia Awards 2023, where we were bestowed with the Most Innovative Distribution Initiative Award. These accolades reinforce our commitment to not only serve and address the insurance needs of our customers but also reshape the industry with groundbreaking initiatives. Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, CEO of HNB General Insurance, said, "I believe our role and aim as a company is to provide a sense of security for our customers in an unpredictable world. This is why we continuously develop insurance products that not only offer financial protection but also align with emerging trends. As an industry, it is clear that we have come a long way, especially over the past couple of years, where we have been predominantly driven by technological advancements. I believe HNBGI stands as a prime examples of how a company can adapt, innovate and thrive in today’s digital age, even while confronting tough economic challenges. As we celebrate Insurance month, I would like to remind myself and all our stakeholders that our responsibility as an organization extends beyond just policy documents. It's about trust and partnership. This is why we have been able to grow year on year, quarter on quarter at almost twice the industry growth rate. Furthermore, I’m excited to share the news of a new product launch expected later this month, which will revolutionize our motor insurance offering. Lastly, as Sri Lanka strives towards economic recovery, HNBGI remains dedicated to empowering individuals and businesses of all sizes. Our focus is on providing customized insurance offerings that safeguard our customers, whereby enabling our country’s economic growth.


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08

Aug

HNBA Group records robust 1H results with 22% growth in GWP

During the first half of 2023, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), accomplished a noteworthy feat by collectively amassing a Gross Written Premium (GWP) totaling LKR 9.1 billion. This accomplishment underscores a convincing and consistent growth rate of 22% when compared to the same period last year. This growth percentage, which is more than double the industry growth demonstrates the exceptional insurance service levels and innovative product offerings of the HNBA group, even during a challenging year. Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI sharing her views on the Group’s H1 performance, stated, “I’m extremely delighted to note that both HNBA and HNBGI have surpassed the market GWP growth and yet again managed to exceed all expectations. To be consistent and deliver exceptional results quarter after quarter makes HNBA Group very desirable to all our customers as well as our investors. The Group delivered a remarkable 22% growth in Gross Written Premium (GWP), achieving LKR 9.1 billion, a notable increase from the LKR 7.4 billion recorded in the same period last year. We also surpassed a significant milestone of LKR 45 billion in Total Assets, simultaneously reaching a LKR 38 billion for Investments in Financial Instruments.” Mrs. Cooray, further added, “I must make mention of the inspiring leadership provided by the two CEOs and their respective corporate management teams, who have consistently demonstrated the ability to swiftly adopt and navigate through any challenge that has come our way. Proactive measures and possessing strategic foresight, has not only guaranteed the seamless continuity of our operations but also positioned us to leverage on emerging opportunities, which I’m certain will help us build on the momentum created and end this year on a very high note.” Amidst the backdrop of a complicated economic landscape, the group’s focus on new business acquisition and the pursuit of simple yet strategic objectives, coupled with an empowered sales force, has paid off during the first half of the year. Reflecting on the company performance, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, CEO of HNBA, stated, "I’m extremely proud to note that HNBA recorded the one of the highest new business premium growth among the top 8 life insurance companies, achieving a total new business premium growth which is twice the industry's rate. Our GWP of 5.1Bn, recorded during the first half, is a 21% increase from the same period last year. Further, the Life Insurance Fund experienced impressive growth, surpassing the 4 billion mark to reach a substantial LKR 28.2 billion over the two quarters. I’m extremely thankful to my incredible sales force for this impressive feat, they have worked extremely hard to educate and earn the trust of our customers while delivering exceptional value which has been a standout feature of our performance this year.” Mr. Sithumina Jayasundara, CEO of HNBGI, echoed similar sentiments, stating, “We at HNBGI recorded a growth of 24% when compared to the same period last year. With a GWP in excess of LKR 4 billion achieved over the first half of the year, I’m extremely happy to note that this has helped us maintain our position as one of the companies with the highest growth rates within the top 10 General Insurance companies in the country.” Despite the challenges posed by the regulatory changes along with the raising costs, Mr. Jayasundara was positive that the company can overcome these hurdles. “Our resilience and proactive approach have always been our biggest strength and I firmly believe that our team is capable of overcoming any challenge that comes our way. Also, we have a few exciting product launches and other initiatives lined up for the final half of the year and I’m personally excited to see how they unfold.”


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28

Jul

HNB Assurance Earns Global Recognition, Joining the Ranks of MDRT's Top 100 Global Companies.

HNB Assurance, a prominent Life Insurance provider in the country, joined the prestigious ranks of MDRT’s Top 100 Global Companies, reaffirming the caliber and quality of the sales force the company has in its possession. 2022, was a remarkable year for the company, with 194 of its Insurance Advisors and Bancassurance officers becoming Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) qualifiers, a prestigious achievement within the insurance sector. MDRT, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, which was formed in 1927 is an independent association with a global count of over 72,000 professionals affiliated to insurance and financial services in over 500 companies, where membership is exclusively to those that surpass the given threshold. Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe, Chief Business Officer Advisor Distribution Channel, stated, “Being recognized as a top global performer and to be one of the only two Sri Lankan companies on the list is a significant milestone for HNB Assurance. This is very well deserved, as our Advisors have worked extremely hard and contributed immensely over the past couple of years, making HNBA one of the fastest growing Insurance companies in the country, despite the challenging economic landscape. I’m certain we will continue to build strong relationships with our customers and empower our Advisors to provide innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers." Mr. Sanesh Fernando, Chief Business Officer – Partnership Business, opined, "We are extremely proud of this well-deserved recognition. Our aim is to set a new benchmark for the company and achieve greater heights of excellence. We have the advantage of working with excellent partners who share a similar ethos as us, and are committed to continuously growing, which will only push our teams to win the trust of our customers through excellent customer service. I extend my sincere appreciation to our partners and every member of our exceptional Bancassurance and Advisor Team for their dedication and hard work, which has been instrumental in us achieving this prestigious global recognition.” This prestigious MDRT ranking is a testament to the skill and dedication of HNB Assurance's team. The company has always emphasized the importance of a well-trained workforce. Mr. Shiran Fernando, Head - Sales Training & Development, shared his thoughts, stating "Our success in producing 194 MDRT winners is 2022, is a direct result of our commitment to employee development. We firmly believe that an empowered and knowledgeable workforce is the backbone of any successful organization. Our training programs focus not only on technical skills but also on fostering a customer-centric mindset. I must commend our Advisor, Bancassurance and T&D teams for this recognition.”


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