ZENITH INSURANCE Nets N3.06bn 2019 Profit, As Claim Expenses Drop

ZENITH INSURANCE Nets N3.06bn 2019 Profit, As Claim Expenses Drop

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Zenith General Insurance Limited recently released its full-year financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, showing positive improvements on a year-on-year basis with profit before tax rising by 16% from N3.16bn to N3.67bn, while profit after tax rose by 10% up from N2.79bn to N3.06bn.

The company also maintained a robust balance sheet closing the year with total assets of N40.1bn and a shareholders’ fund of N25.9bn.

Gross premium grew by 17% year-on-year from N13.7bn to N16.1bn, while there was a 46% growth in underwriting profit from N2.77bn to N4.06bn. The company made substantial gains from reduced claim expenses and healthy growth in gross written premiums.

Investment income showed an increase of 2% year on year, up from N3.55bn in 2018 to N3.63bn in 2019 despite lower yields on most investment classes in 2019.

Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/CEO, Kehinde Borisade said the result re-affirms company’s mission statement that it “exists to ensure peace of mind and also create value for people in a world of uncertainties.”

This, he continued, “is evident in our strong financial performance showing improvement across the board through increased premium income, underwriting profits and investment income despite the economic headwinds witnessed in various sectors of the economy.

“We also ensured prompt settlement of claims with total claims payment of N3.8bn for the year and an average settlement turnaround time of three days,” he added.

The company, he stressed further, “has continued to maintain a very strong and healthy financial position with a growth of 6% year-on-year on total assets, and a 4% increase in shareholders’ funds. We also continue to strive to be the best in the insurance industry; maintaining the strongest solvency position and closing the year with a solvency ratio of 726%”.

Zenith Insurance, the statement added, is one of the first Insurance companies to have met the minimum capital requirements prescribed by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) by recapitalising its share capital from N3bn to N10bn.

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