=Absolutely free for all policyholders
Ceylinco General Insurance announced recently that the Accidental Health Insurance benefit offered to the ‘Ceylinco VIP On The Spot Motor Insurance’ policy holders will be increased to over Rs 10 Million with immediate effect. A press release said: This Emergency Hospitalization Insurance Cover is absolutely free-of-charge for its Ceylinco VIP On The Spot customers.
It includes a cover of two million rupees for hospitalization expenses in the event of a road traffic accident within Sri Lanka and, if necessary, for follow-up treatment overseas on medical recommendation. Further, in the event of a policyholder travelling overseas, he or she will be entitled to a hospitalization cover due to any medical emergency up to Rs. two million, and Rs. four million for hospitalization expenses due to an accident for up to 15 days whilst overseas.
Furthermore, overseas travelers will be entitled to Personal Accident Insurance of Rs. two million, which will include Death and Total Permanent Disablement covers while overseas and Permanent Partial Disablements will be covered up to Rs. 1,000,000/-. The benefits announced will be applicable to comprehensive policyholders of Ceylinco VIP On The Spot who have insured their Cars, Vans, Jeeps, Double Cabs, Buses, Lorries as well as Three Wheels. Similarly, comprehensive motorcycle policyholders will be entitled to a Hospitalisation Cover of Rs. 500,000/- in the event of a road traffic accident within Sri Lanka. Third party customers too will benefit with a cover of Rs. 300,000/- for hospitalization in the event of a road traffic accident within Sri Lanka for vehicles and Rs. 200,000/- for motorcycles.
The new cover will be valid for all new policies with immediate effect and at the next renewal for existing policies. In the case of individual customers, the insured will be entitled to this revolutionary benefit, while corporate customers or fleet owners must name an individual (user or driver) as beneficiary.
“This benefit will undoubtedly ease the burden on our customers to a great extent. In addition to a host of other benefits they already enjoy, such as a Serious Illness cover of Rs One Million for hospitalization due to Cancer, Heart Attack, Kidney transplant and 21 illnesses, an additional 25 % with the claim if a brand new or unregistered vehicle gets condemned within two years of the first registration (even if the market price is higher than the present sum insured), a similar replacement vehicle in the event the accident repair exceeds four days, emergency roadside assistance etc. are the kind of benefits that are indeed needed, given the present context and the hardships the people of this country are facing,” said Patrick Alwis, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco General Insurance.
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC, the holding company, Ajith Gunawardena said: “As a company with an ear to changing customer needs, we felt that the need of the hour is to provide more benefits such as these that help our customers to cushion their financial burdens at a time of distress. With the steeply rising cost of treatment, what Ceylinco VIP offers will undoubtedly provide a consolation. Ceylinco VIP is a brand that moves on to explore new territory in exceeding customer expectations in offering benefits that customers value. Customer satisfaction is of the utmost importance for us: it is what fuels our engine, what keeps us at the top as the industry leader.”
Ceylinco General Insurance anticipates that this benefit, like all the other innovative services offered by them, will add immense value to match its capabilities to cater to an unprecedented customer base with the country’s largest branch network for General Insurance, while also maintaining a state of the art 24-hour Call Centre that offers On The Spot services to all its customers spread throughout the country.
Softlogic Life’s FY22 results grows to LKR 23 Bn GWP amidst tough macroeconomic challenges
Softlogic Life recorded a superior full year performance in a crisis-affected business landscape, posting Gross Written Premium (GWP) of Rs. 23,083 million for the year ended 31 December 2022 with an increase in top-line growth of 15% compared to the corresponding period of last year. The Company has stood firmly with its policyholders in the face of the tough macroeconomic conditions, paying claims of Rs 8,264 million for the period.
During the period in review, Softlogic Life’s market share is at 16.87%, in comparison to 16.08% as of 31 December 2021. The market share increase continues to rank Softlogic Life as the second-largest in the life insurance market, overtaking much older players to establish strong growth momentum. Compared to the estimated Industry GWP growth, which was 9.6% during 2022, Softlogic Life recorded GWP growth of 15%.
The company reported a 10-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28% of GWP, while the industry 10-year GWP CAGR growth was at 14%. Softlogic Life also notes that its contribution to increasing insurance penetration in the country has increased during the period in review with 133,872 policies issued, insuring more than 1.5 million Sri Lankan lives.
Profit after tax (PAT) for the period in review rose to Rs. 2,683 million, an increase of 27% YoY. Profit before tax (PBT) grew by 36% compared to last year at growth of Rs. 1,065 million. The company’s operating expense ratio remained at 22% irrespective of the inflation hike during 2022 as a result of prudent and efficient expense management initiatives adopted. Furthermore, Softlogic Life maintained a healthy Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 287%, well above the regulatory CAR requirement of 120%.
The company recorded impressive Return on Equity of 25% and Earning per share of LKR 7.15 after providing one off provision for impairment. Recurring Earning per share for the year 2022 increased to LKR 12.85 from LKR 5.61 per share.
Commenting on the financial performance of the Company, Ashok Pathirage, Chairman of Softlogic Life Insurance PLC, stated, “Despite numerous challenges in a tough business landscape, we have performed well to maintain our position as the second-largest life insurance company in Sri Lanka, growing our market share further to 16.87% by the end of 2022. These accomplishments were facilitated by the strategies we deployed and the strong execution of those strategies that have enabled the Company to sustain momentum in spite of the prevailing macro challenges.”
Since its inception, Softlogic Life has been striving to improve the quality of life of Sri Lankans through relevant disruptive innovations and digitalization. Industry-first innovations such as one-day automated claims settlement, hospitalization claim settlement, 100% digitalized sales platform, automatic policy issuance and mobile based micro products has helped the company to deliver a superior customer experience, which has been instrumental in enhancing its competitive position.
Foreign investors bullish and local counterparts bearish at CSE; year-to-date net foreign inflows hit Rs. 2 billion
By Hiran H. Senewiratne
Foreigners remained bullish on Sri Lanka’s listed equities as year-to-date net foreign inflows crossed the Rs. 2 billion mark, while local investors appeared bearish at the CSE yesterday.
JKH was the major driver for foreign inflows to reach more than Rs two billion, without any specific reason, since last week, market analysts said. However, shares fell in mid-day trade over the need for further positivity on the International Monetary Fund loan being secured, an analyst said.
Both indices moved downwards. The ASPI fell by 125.28 points, while the most liquid S&P SL20 fell 43.82 points. Turnover stood at Rs 2.2 billion with four crossings. Those crossings reported in Lanka Tiles, which crossed 1.2 million shares to the tune of Rs 54 million, its shares traded at Rs 45, JKH 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 43.65 million, its shares traded at Rs 145.50, HNB 468,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 43.3 million, its shares traded at Rs. 92.50 and Chevron Lubricants 200,000 shares crossed for Rs 24.1 million, its shares fetched Rs 107.
In the retail market, seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, JKH Rs 721 million (4.9 million shares traded), Aitken Spence Rs 302 million (two million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 126 million (664,000 shares traded), Softlogic Capital PLC Rs 91 million (5.6 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 82.1 million (13.5 million shares traded), Softlogic Life Insurance Rs 63.3 million (512,000 shares traded) and Tokyo Cement (Non- Voting) Rs 49.1 million (1.45 million shares traded). During the day 56.2 million share volumes changed hands in 14000 transactions.
“The overall market was pulled down because the market ran on banking shares in the past sessions, but news on domestic debt restructuring moved the market into the red yesterday, an analyst said.
Any domestic debt restructuring will be part of a negotiation process with creditors, which will take place after a program with the International Monetary Fund is in place, Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe said.
First, financial assurances from bi-lateral creditors have to be received to qualify for the IMF program.
It is said high net worth and institutional investor participation was noted in Expolanka Holdings, JKH and Sampath Bank. Mixed interest was observed in Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Telecom and Lanka IOC, while retail interest was noted in Browns Investments, LOLC Finance and Ex-Pack Corrugated Cartons.
It said the Capital Goods sector was the top contributor to the market turnover (due to JKH and Aitken Spence), while the sector index gained 0.19 per cent. The share price of JKH gained 75 cents to reach Rs. 145.50. The share price of Aitken Spence closed flat at Rs. 150.
The Transportation sector was the second highest contributor to the market turnover (due to Expolanka Holdings), while the sector index increased by 1.02 per cent. The share price of Expolanka Holdings increased by Rs. 2 to Rs. 194.
Yesterday, the Central Bank announced the US dollar buying rate as Rs 359.99 and selling rate as Rs 370.18.
Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Port of Colombo
Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs TAKEI Shunsuke visited the Port of Colombo to learn about the ongoing developments in the Port of Colombo. The visit took place on 03rd February 2023. During the visit the Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs also met with the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Keith D. Bernard and other higher officials at the main control tower of the Port.
The Chairman of SLPA explained to the Japanese state minister of foreign affairs of the progress of the developments of the East Container Terminal (ECT), the West Container Terminal and the North Port Development Project. The SLPA Chairman thanked the Japanese Government and the people of Japan for the invaluable support extended by them for development of Port sector in Sri Lanka, particularly towards the Jaya Container Terminal and the developments at the Port of Trincomalee.
The high level Japanese delegation at the Port of Colombo also comprised MIZUKOSHI Hideaki – Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, TUTSUMI Tarou – Director, Southwest Asian Division, ANDO Toshiaki – Executive Assistant to the state minister of foreign affairs, TOKITA Yuji – director, second country assistance planning department, IWASE Kichiro – assistant to minister /director-general Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, MATSUYAMA Miina – third secretary, Embassy of Japan in India, KATSUKI Kotaro – Minister Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and OZAKI Takeshi, first secretary – Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka.
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