HNBA and HNBGI Relocates Branch in Embilipitiya.

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) announced the relocation of its Branch in Embilipitiya recently. The ceremonious occasion was graced by the presence of its Chief Guest, CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Prasantha Fernando, accompanied by the senior members of the management in HNBA and HNBGI as well as other distinguished guests.

Speaking at the event, CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Prasantha Fernando articulated, “The Company holds a long-standing relationship of togetherness with its customers in Embilipitiya, providing them all-inclusive protection and the value of fringe benefits one can experience through the service of insurance to protect their belongings and those who are dear to them . Dedicated to serving this cause, today’s momentous occasion demonstrates the Group’s continued commitment towards giving our best to customers, in fulfilling their insurance needs. Whilst the Company is focused on actively undertaking the many service enhancement initiatives, it has been our notion that cutting edge facilities would deliver greater service satisfaction, and in turn would make a ‘happy customer’. Thus, it is no doubt that this Branch will drive greater levels of service excellence, further contributing to the Company’s value creation framework”.

Sharing his views, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Officer of HNBA, Lasitha Wimalaratne stated, “This Branch would fortify an already strong customer servicing attribute of the Group, fostering streamlined service delivery between our invaluable customers and staff. Therefore, I am sure the commitment of our staff would nurture our singular aim towards industry best, and achieve the many milestones of excellence for a successful future of HNBA and HNBGI”.

Chief Operating Officer and Principal Officer of HNBGI, Sithumina Jayasundara expressed his views stating, “Strong and stable branch operations within our General Insurance business is a key pillar of business growth. This new facility is a strong testament for our firm stand within the market, also assisting our business goals in challenging times”.

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 and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants).

HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance Earn Great Place to Work® Certification

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) obtained the Great Place to Work® certification upon meeting the global assessment standards and cultural audit requirements. Global people analytics and consulting firm Great Place to Work® is the global authority on assessing and benchmarking employee perception and organizational culture.

Sharing his views on this global recognition, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “At HNBA and HNBGI, we continue to evolve and grow and this recognition is a testament to the continuous growth HNBA Group has demonstrated. This designation further validates our ethos, processes and practices and it solidifies our vision of sustained growth and creating a workplace of shared values, empowering culture and streamlined practices. As an organization spearheaded by values, people and processes, we firmly believe that we should continue to evolve and grow by understanding our people and their needs. Keeping this in mind, I firmly trust in achieving a brighter and stronger future for the two companies together, operating with each other in the ups and downs as one true family”.

Chief Human Resources Officer of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi shared his views stating “Our values are deeply engraved in our people practices and processors. Our laid down behaviour framework works as a moderator for all our decisions from hiring talent to performance management, from compensation management to talent management etc. As a team, we understand the importance of consistency and continues improvement needed in fostering a happy work place. To do that we invest time and resources in understanding our people, their needs and changes in the business environment and I feel we are reaping the benefits of such investment now. This recognition is a significant milestone in our journey but surely not an end destination. Achievements of this nature will certainly provide more thrust to our efforts in creating a benchmark in Employee Satisfaction”.

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HNB General Insurance to Renew Personal Motor and Home Policies

HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), the fully owned Subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) wishes to inform all its Personal Insurance Policyholders that Motor and Private Dwelling risks due for renewal from 1st to 31st March, 2020 will be held covered by the Company on expiring terms.

Spokesperson for the Company stated that this decision was made considering the prevailing situation in the country and the limited mobility. Whist the Company requests all Policyholders to access its services through the 24×7 call center, Company website and other social media platforms, the Company urges all citizen to stay indoors and follow all procedures as directed by the Government of Sri Lanka to combat COVID-19.

HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was incorporated as a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) in January 2015, to give effect to the regulatory requirement of segregation of Life and General Insurance businesses. HNBGI specializes in motor and non-motor insurance solutions, and is presently one of the fastest growing General Insurance Companies in Sri Lanka, with a network of 56 branches.

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HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance is Committed to Honor all Claims Related to COVID-19

HNB Assurance PLC and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited will honor all claims both life and medical related to COVID-19.

The spokesman for both companies stated that Insurance Companies are not liable to honor claims when a disease is classified as a pandemic. However, as a responsible corporate citizen, it is our duty to stand by our customers and our nation at this time of dire need. Therefore, HNB Assurance, the Life Insurance Company will honor the life and medical claims made by its customers related to COVID-19. What’s more, for those policies with the Hospitalization Per Day Cover, payment will be made for the number of days a person is confined to a structured quarantine process (excluding self-quarantine). Further, the General Insurance Company, HNB General Insurance will honor all hospitalization claims pertaining to COVID-19 if any.

The Company requests all persons to limit their movements in public, and encourages people to access its services through the call centers and the companies web sites as well as other digital channels. Premium payments could also be made online.

The Company urges all citizens to act responsibly at this time, and do each one’s part in containing the spread of this disease in our country by practicing simple measures such as social distancing, hand and face hygiene and above all, if exposed to an infected person, to follow the procedures as directed by the Government of Sri Lanka.

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Preventive measures to avoid the risks of heavy rain.

Raindrops are pictured on the window of a car as a man holding an umbrella passes by during the rainfall in KathmanduPouring rain across the country, sudden climate changes, floods, diseases, and on top of all, do you worry on how these would affect you? If so, your worry is perfectly understandable, as such adverse weather brings about all concerns on how it would impact the routine of activities that all mankind lives upon. Hence, a few tips to ease the hassle.

  1. First and foremost, be on alert and spread emergency hotlines amongst those who are known and could be affected.
  2. Have emergency kits, first aid bags and backup lighting prepared to avoid any involvement in electricity fixings.
  3. If heavy rainfall continues to remain, keep an eye on weather forecasts on local media and social networking platforms.
  4. Try and avoid reasons to leave home unless otherwise it is absolutely necessary.
  5. If you are stepping outside, avoid open spaces and standing under tall trees or electricity poles.
  6. Avoid the use of electrical devices in wet conditions such as mobile phones.
  7. Disconnect/unplug power supply from home appliances.
  8. Check regularly water and drainage channels and conduct the necessary maintenance.

Protecting our People, Protecting Our Community: HNBA Conducts a Workshop on Cancer Awareness

Taking the initial step to create awareness on the causes and prevention of cancer, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) held a workshop for its staff recently. This workshop was conducted by Dr. Suraj Perera, Board Certified Specialist in Community Medicine and Consultant Community Physician of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka.

Sharing his thoughts Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited, Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “as a business sworn take care of our community, we believe that real protection and care truly begin with individuals taking care of themselves and leading a healthy lifestyle and thereafter by encouraging their families and friends to follow similar steps. In the backdrop of the launch of our Hope Cancer Insurance plan, we realized that a workshop of this nature will help in educating as well as in creating awareness firstly amongst our staff for the betterment of themselves and their families and as we believe that our staff would carry this message to the community as ambassadors of the brand”.

Sharing his views on the Cancer Insurance Plan, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Prasantha Fernando stated, “our lifestyles, health habits even hereditary conditions contribute to the development of a cancer and cancer can touch us all at any point in our lives despite our social strata. Hence, it is up to us as individuals to take necessary measures to protect ourselves. The cost of cancer treatment could often pose a threat to family savings and the financial foundation. Considering all these aspects, HNBA launched its Cancer Insurance Plan, ‘Hope’ with the primary objective of providing a ray of hope through financial protection to those individuals and families to overcome this dreaded disease”.

Speaking at the workshop Dr. Suraj Perera stated “this workshop was conducted with the aim of creating awareness on cancer and its prevention. Amongst many contributing factors for the development of a cancer, unhealthy dietary habits, smoking, consumption of alcohol and chewing of betel are identified as the top causes for cancer and it is important to communicate these to individuals as prevention with no doubt is better than cure. Workshops of this nature surely help in making a lasting influence amongst responsible individuals. And we believe that heightening people’s awareness on cancer and its precautions is the first step towards fighting cancer and will help in making a difference in their lifestyles which will ultimately have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our community”.

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HNBGI Tie-Up with HNB for SME Personal and Property Insurance

HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), the fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced a tie-up with its Parent Shareholder, the Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB). This tie-up offers a bouquet of General Insurance solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises and enables customers to enjoy a range of striking features such as special premium rates, an effective platform to obtain services and a personalized claims process.

Mr. Jonathan Alles, Managing Director/CEO of HNB stated “the SME sector contributes a significant amount to the GDP of the country and is considered to be the backbone of this economy. HNB as a leading entity in the private banking sector has taken various measures over the years to strengthen the SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups in Sri Lanka. The introduced initiative is one such measure to boost business opportunities as well as to provide fund capital and protection to stabilize the SME sector in the country”.

Sharing his views on the tie-up Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “the growing corporation across the Group has created many opportunities and the Company has always endeavored to provide effective Insurance solutions to its customers. Through the synergies of the Group we were able to develop a collaborative and a unique business proposition which offer a special range of General Insurance solutions for SMEs together with other banking solutions under one roof. A collaboration of this nature would offer a significant long-term value creation for stakeholders of both entities. This tie-up marks a natural business extension and opens up new prospects for both HNB and HNBGI.  This would further strengthen the Group’s footprint in the financial services market by creating new business prospects for HNB and HNBGI”.

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6 Tips for Driving in the Rain

Here are six useful tips for driving in the rain.

Slow down: Always drive at a slower speed when the roads are wet. The faster you drive in a rainstorm, the more likely you are to have an accident.

Maintain a reasonable distance with your front vehicle: Slick, wet roads and reduced visibility can lead to crash or accident. Give other vehicles plenty of space and brake early with reduced force.

Don’t brake while hydroplane: Pushing breaks may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas pedal and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims.

Don’t use your cell phone while driving: Especially in the rainy days you need to give your full attention to your driving and keep your eyes on the road.

Clear your windshield: Heavy rain can cause your windshield to quickly fog up. clear your windshield to maximize your visibility.

Avoid big puddles: If you see a big puddle drive around or take a different route.

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HNB Assurance Group Ends Financial Year 2017 with a Superlative Growth

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) posted a Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 910 Mn for the year ended 31st December 2017, depicting a steady growth of 41% in comparison with the PAT of Rs.647 Mn recorded in 2016. The Group recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of Rs 7.82 Bn, signifying a growth of 17% as contrasted with the GWP of Rs. 6.65 Bn recorded in the financial year 2016. The Parent Company, HNB Assurance PLC recorded a GWP of Rs 3.96 Bn and the subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited recorded a GWP of Rs. 3.86 BN.

The Group was able to yield an Interest and Dividend Income of Rs. 1,693 Mn, showcasing a growth of 43% against an Interest and Dividend Income of Rs. 1,180 Mn achieved during the previous year. Total Assets of the Group reached a mark of Rs. 18.65 Bn and Investments in Financial Instruments reached a value of Rs 15.05 Bn. During the course of 2017, the Life Insurance Fund reached a value of Rs. 10.9 Bn and the General Insurance Fund reached a value of Rs 2.38 Bn.

Expressing her views on the solid financial performance during the year under review, Chairperson of HNB Assurance Group, Mrs. Rose Cooray stated “the Group delivered a superlative financial performance during the course of 2017, depicting a steady flow of revenue generation and accelerating progress towards achieving our corporate goals during 2017. The Management guided by the Board has meticulously executed a well-crafted plan that focused on creating value to all stakeholders. Not only have we been able to fulfil the aspirations of the shareholders, the Group paid out Rs 2.29 Bn in claims and have focused on rewarding its employees, while contributing towards society through various corporate stewardship initiatives and we are confident that this growth we’ve embarked on will continue during 2018”.

Sharing his thoughts on the Group’s financial performance, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “the strategies deployed during the course of 2017 led the Group capture emerging and dynamic markets. The Group was able to maintain its solid industry position throughout the course of 2017, despite the volatile macro-economic conditions and heightened competition.  The financial growth of HNBA Group in 2017 has been consistent throughout the year. The positive growth momentum of these financial results was triggered by the strategic investments of the Group and the dynamic policies followed in underwriting risk. The General Insurance business showcased an exponential growth during the course of 2017, surpassing the growth rates of the industry. HNBGI was able to achieve this outstanding growth as a result of its well-focused risk selection, effective management of claims settlement as well as its pricing strategy. It is noteworthy, that both the Life and General Insurance businesses took great measures in settling claims, especially claims pertaining to catastrophes such as floods and epidemics such as Dengue. The Management of HNBA Group remains confident of its future outlook and in seizing every opportunity to further consolidate the Group’s financial standing”.

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HNBA and HNBGI Felicitate Managers of HNB

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) celebrated the outstanding performance of the Branch Managers and key members of the Retail Banking Management team of the Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) at a glamorous event held recently. This event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI and Director of HNB together with Mr. Kalum Wijesooriya, Chief Employee Experience Officer/Assistant General Manager – Deposits and Remittances of HNB and Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI as Guests of Honor together with the senior management of HNB, HNBA and HNBGI.

Sharing her thoughts, Mrs. Cooray stated “the synergies of cooperation, expertise and assistance of the Group have helped both HNBA and HNBGI extensively in capturing growing markets and stabilizing its position in a competitive industry such as insurance. The interlinkages seen within the Group set a strong base for greater financial responsiveness and to be able to offer a holistic proposition to one’s financial needs as a Group”. Speaking at the event, Mr. Wijesooriya congratulated the winners of the night for their achievements and emphasized on the significant role of banking and insurance in growing financial markets of our economy and how important it is to develop product propositions to cater to the financial and protection needs of individuals as a Group.  Mr. Lokuarachchi thanked the Board of Directors and the senior management of HNB for their continuous support, stating “Banking and Insurance together provides us the opportunity as a Group to help people build and sustain their wealth and it is up to us to advice customers on the optimal levels of returns and protection they ought to have for themselves. So let us continue to work together to enrich lives of them that we serve”.

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