Wednesday, 01 July 2020 07:35

Sri Lanka Insurance posts record pre-tax profit of Rs. 8.2 b for 2019

Sri Lanka Insurance, at the recently held Annual General Meeting declared that the company has closed year 2019 in a positive note, recording phenomenal growth with exceptional service innovations.

Sri Lanka Insurance, the premier insurer to the nation, recorded stellar performance in 2019 recording 15% growth in profit before taxation, reaching a profit before taxation of Rs. 8.2 billion for the year – a marked improvement on the Rs. 7.1 billion in the year 2019.

In the year of 2019, Sri Lanka Insurance recorded a 12 % growth in life insurance premium, increasing to Rs. 14.8 billion whilst general insurance premium grew to Rs. 18.9 billion. The company achieved a combined Gross Written Premium (GWP) growth rate of 6.5 % during the year.

General Insurance contributed 56% towards the total GWP, whilst Life Insurance contributed 44 %.

Keeping with its tradition of leadership, Sri Lanka insurance in 2019 surpassed its own record to declare a sum of Rs. 7.6 billion as bonus to policyholders. The cumulative life insurance bonus paid out during the past 10 years tops a massive Rs. 50 billion, making the SLIC bonus payout unmatchable.

“Sri Lanka Insurance further strengthens its strategy of diversification that is largely attributed as the key catalyst for the Company’s precipitated growth during the year. Over the past years SLIC has diversified its investment portfolio in banking and finance, healthcare, power and energy, travel and leisure, and construction and engineering.”

“Whilst the growth in our core business contributed towards greater profitability, we are cognizant of the contribution from SLIC’s diversified portfolio in achieving a consolidated profit that is in fact unprecedented. As the pioneering insurance company in Sri Lanka we are in the forefront to inculcate the importance of insurance to the masses as a national responsibility on our shoulders.”

“We will further strengthen internal capabilities to serve the nation through innovative and affordable insurance solutions, which cater to all Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka Insurance will be shifting the paradigms in the Insurance industry and we will be striving to continue providing the best protection for Sri Lankans,” SLIC Chairman Jagath Wellawatta said.

“In 2019 we remained as the largest and the strongest insurance provider in Sri Lanka. Our performance during the year has re-affirmed our status as the most robust insurance company in the industry,” said SLIC Chief Executive Officer Chandana L. Aluthgama. “Our progressive business approach has enabled us to proactively benefit from the opportunities that arose, and will continue to arise, even though the times are defining. We are confident that going forward, our strategy will continue to accelerate the momentum of growth of SLIC,” he further stated.

(FT)

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