Continental Re gross premium hits 25 per cent
Pan-African reinsurer, Continental Reinsurance Plc’s gross premium income rose by 25 per cent to NGN 21.86bn in the nine months financial period of 2017, from N17.51bn in the corresponding period of 2016, while its underwriting profit grew by 178 per cent to NGN 2.08bn from N746.72m in the period under review.
This, the company noted that this reflects the outcome of targeted underwriting actions during the year with increased underwriting discipline.A.M. Best has also affirmed its Financial Strength Rating of B+ (good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb,” showing the outlook of these Credit Ratings are stable.
The results were buoyed by a 77 per cent increase in investment and other income which stood at NGN 1.9bn from N1.07bn despite a 36 per cent decline in profit before tax resulting from the impact of foreign exchange movement in the period under review.
According to the report, claims expenses reduced by four per cent from N7.99bn to N8.36bn in September this year, while reinsurance reserves rose by six per cent to N14.54bn from N13.7bn in third quarter of 2016.
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Femi Oyetunji, said, “We continuously monitor localised cycles of growth or challenges across our markets and adjust our business model to adapt, as each of our regional offices and subsidiaries play a significant role in any given reporting period. Our primary focus of improving underwriting fundamentals and capital management to ensure we meet the present and future needs of our business rests.”
According to the A.M. Best report, the rating reflects Continental Re’s very strong balance sheet strength, adequate operating performance and neutral business profile.
The report further notes that the company’s balance sheet strength is supported by a strong level of risk-adjusted capitalisation, which A.M. Best expects to remain at a very strong level over the medium term.
The company disclosed that it’s profit before tax stood at N3.23bn at the end of September this year, from N5.03bn in the corresponding period of 2016, while profit after tax was N2.49bn from N3.75bn in the period under review.
Continental Re said that construction of its headquarters in Lagos was underway after a groundbreaking ceremony.It said the new headquarters will be a state of the art landmark building with ultra-modern and eco-friendly features.
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