HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) recorded a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 1.175 BN for FY 2020, growing 16% compared to the corresponding period last year, whilst the Group’s Gross Written Premium (GWP) reached LKR 10.4 BN for the year under review.
Sharing her views on the financial growth, Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI stated, “2020 undoubtedly was a challenging year to all of us. However, amidst the unprecedented adverse challenges presented by the outbreak of this global pandemic, as a Group, HNBA was able to surpass the LKR 1 BN mark in PAT for the second consecutive year, auguring well for the agility and resilience of the businesses to quickly recalibrate itself in the midst the unprecedented calamity to continue to create and deliver value to all its stakeholders”. Mrs. Cooray further added, “The Group remains well focused on what’s ahead and to further consolidate its firm footing in the market by curating its business strategies through efforts of cost optimization, strengthening the Group’s investment portfolio and seizing market segments with high growth potential. I wish to thank the Board of Directors as well as the CEO and the Executive Committees as well as the Staff and Management of both Companies for a job well done”.
Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Prasantha Fernando shared his thoughts stating, “Our teams proved their mettle last year, by maintaining their resolute focus on the end goal, driven by an agile mindset, the thirst for prompt and meticulous execution and being focused on digitalization; whilst as an organisation, our philosophy has always been Putting People First, be it staff, agents, contract staff and customers. In this regard, these results that we are indeed proud to present have being achieved without any curtailment of their remuneration or benefits. The Management Team was able to successfully manage the change process with regards to adapting and evolving to the new normal as well as embracing technology that helped us operate in environs within which movement was constrained. The Group was able to surpass the significant LKR 10 BN milestone in GWP with a growth of 5% compared to the corresponding period last year. Interest Income of the Group saw a growth of 11% to LKR 2.5 BN even in spite of the decreasing interest rate regime that we witnessed, driven by portfolio growth and sound investment strategies. Total Assets of the Group increased by 19% to LKR 31.7 BN whilst the Total Liabilities of the Group grew by 18% to LKR 23.5 BN. Whilst we are pleased to continue to be rated A (lka) by Fitch Ratings Lanka for ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’, our Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) increased from 322% in 2019 to 338% in 2020 for the Life Business. HNBGI’s CAR too increased to 256% from 226% in 2019, both very well above the minimum regulatory requirements. Mr. Fernando further added, “new product development too was undertaken to enhance our service to specific segments of the market which saw HNBA launch two products aimed at strengthening our foothold in the health insurance space with the launch of SupremeHealth Max and SuperCI, while HNBGI came up with a novel concept in motor insurance called Pay As You Claim. I am confident that the team will take on 2021 with a fresh sense of purpose and vigour”.
HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is one of the fastest growing Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka with a network of 63 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.