Ceylinco Life records income of Rs. 36.98 b in 2020
Ceylinco Life has achieved consolidated income of Rs. 36.98 billion for FY 2020. This top-line growth of 15.2% was made possible by a gross written premium income of Rs. 22.07 billion for the 12 months ending 31 December 2020 – an increase of 17.9% over 2019 – and investment and other income of Rs. 14.9 billion, which was up 11.3%, Sri Lanka’s life insurance leader reports.
The growth in life insurance business resulted in Ceylinco Life retaining its position as the market leader in Sri Lanka’s life insurance sector for the 17th consecutive year, according to the company.
Ceylinco Life paid Rs. 12.2 billion in net claims and benefits to policyholders for the year under review, an increase of 15.7% over the preceding year, and transferred Rs. 9.42 billion to its life fund, which grew by 10.94% to Rs. 106.74 billion as at 31 December 2020.
The company’s total assets grew by Rs. 17.6 billion over the year at a monthly average of more than Rs. 1.4 billion to cross the milestone of Rs. 150 billion at the end of the year, while its investment portfolio recorded an increase of 14.36% in value over the 12 months to reach Rs. 133.7 billion as at 31 December 2020.
“We attribute our strong top-line growth to the company’s agile and speedy acclimatisation to the so-called new normal environment thrust upon us by the global pandemic,” Ceylinco Life Managing Director (MD)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thushara Ranasinghe said.
Ceylinco Life transferred Rs. 4.1 billion to the shareholders’ fund in respect of the 12 months, increasing the shareholder fund to Rs. 38.1 billion at the end of the year.
The company posted profit before tax of Rs. 8.77 billion for FY 2020, reflecting an increase of 6.75% over the previous year. Net profit after tax for FY 2020 was Rs. 6.93 billion and reflected an increase of 3.93% over the previous year.
Ceylinco Life’s basic earnings per share for the year amounted to Rs. 138.68, while net assets value per share stood at Rs. 762.90 as at 31 December 2020. Return on assets for the year was 4.6% and return on equity 18.18%.