HNB Assurance Plc has posted a strong growth in its turnover according to the interim results released for the six months ended 30 June 2011.
Its total turnover for the six months as measured by the Gross Written Premium (GWP) recorded a growth of 31% against the corresponding period last year.
The General Insurance turnover grew by 36% while the Life insurance turnover recorded a growth of 26%. Motor (42%) and Miscellaneous (90%) classes of insurance recorded the highest rate of growth.
Managing Director Manjula de Silva said HNB Assurance was able to achieve these high rates of growth due to both an increase in sales volumes and an upward revision in premium rates.
The company was also able to record a healthy 11% growth in its profit after tax in spite of a low interest rate environment and a poorly performing stock market curtailing the growth in investment income to just 5%.
The company’s earnings per share stood at Rs. 1.07 per share while its market capitalisation as at 30 June 2011 stood at Rs. 3 billion. Fitch Ratings recently affirmed both the company’s Insurance Financial Strength Rating and the National Long Term Rating at ‘A’ (lka).