PRESS RELEASE--FBN Insurance Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Limited has presented its 2020 Annual Report to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos recently.
Speaking at the AGM, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FBNInsurance Limited, Val Ojumah, disclosed that despite the challenging operating environment in the country, the company closed the year with positive results and made prompt claims payment to customers.
An analysis of the company’s report showed that the group recorded an improvement in net premium income at 8% year-on-year growth from ₦39.2 billion to ₦42.5 billion in 2020. Total assets of the group increased by 47% from ₦116.0 billion to close at ₦170.0 billion as at 31 December 2020. This growth was driven by the company’s investment strategy supported by the increase in premium written particularly from retail life and annuity. Insurance and investment contract liabilities grew by 58% from ₦88.4 billion to ₦139.3 billion in 2020. Further analysis showed that the company achieved 25% growth in its Profit After Tax (PAT) in 2020, translating to N9.9 billion as against N7.9 billion recorded in 2019. The net effect in equity was a growth of 22% from ₦19.5 billion to ₦23.8 billion in 2020. The company declared and approved dividend payment of 70k per share for the year ended 31 December 2020. It is on record that FBNInsurance Limited has consistently paid dividend to its shareholders yearly in the last 7 years.
Mr. Ojumah, while reviewing the company’s performance for the year, said: “we remain adaptable and responsive to the unfolding trends, modifying our plans and operations in a manner that would ensure that we achieved our strategic objectives. 2020 was a challenging year due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, but we witnessed an impressive growth along key metrics and across major lines during the financial year.”
The above performance is in line with our corporate strategy. In 2020, we commenced the implementation of a revised 3-year strategic plan for the 2020 – 2022 strategic cycle. Our strategic aspiration during this three-year horizon is to become the leading life insurance company based on gross premium. Having fulfilled our aspiration to become the most profitable life insurer in 2019, we are convinced that the next critical milestone for us is to become the number one life insurer by market share in Nigeria.
“In 2020, we paid claims to the tune of N14.4bn as against N12.2bn paid in 2019 which represents a year-on-year growth of 18%. This portrays our unwavering commitment to our esteemed customers. Our strategy, therefore, remains providing financial security for our clients and as always, we will not rest on our oars to exceed our customers’ and stakeholders’ expectations, because to us, the Customer is King,” Mr. Ojumah concluded.
During the year ended 31 December 2020, FBN Holdings Plc divested its 65% equity holding which was acquired by Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Limited on 1st June 2020. By this divestment, Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Limited now has 100% equity in FBN Insurance Limited.
Drawing from the knowledge, experience and technical expertise of its owner, Sanlam Emerging Markets (Pty) Limited is one of the biggest internationally active insurance groups in the world and have been creating value for stakeholders for more than 100 years.
Commenting on the results and outlook of the company, the Chairperson of the company, Mrs. Adenrele Kehinde remarked: “We are pleased with our 2020 financial year end results. We are grateful for the trust that our shareholders have in our ability to continue to grow the business. We will continue to ensure the growth trajectory is sustained in 2021 financial year. While we anticipate an improved economy, we shall deploy strategies aimed at optimizing the inherent opportunities within the economy. A close review of our 2020 financial performance has once again demonstrated FBNInsurance’s solid footing amid a chaotic and unpredictable economic landscape. We are quite optimistic that year 2021 will be the best so far for our shareholders and esteemed customers in the history of FBNInsurance Limited”.
FBNInsurance Limited is a member of the Sanlam Group, a leading diversified, pan-African financial services group who through its diversification strategy have created value for stakeholders for more than a 100 years with business presence across 33 countries in Africa as well as in the USA, Malaysia, Australia, the UK and India.