Cornerstone Insurance posts N13.05bn gross premium written

From left: Tokunbo Bello, Executive Director, Technical/Operations; Ganiyu Musa, Group Managing Director/CEO; Segun Adebanji, Chairman of the Board; Chidinma Onwubere, Company Secretary; Steven Iwenjora, Non-Executive Director; & Chidiebere Nwokeocha, Executive Director, Business Development all of Cornerstone Insurance PLC. at the 28th Annual General Meeting of the company held Wednesday in Lagos.

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The Gross Premium Written (GPW) of Cornerstone Insurance Plc., and its subsidiaries in 2019 was N13.05 billion, representing an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year, its Chairman, Segun Adebanji, has said.

He disclosed this at the firm’s 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday in Lagos, adding that premiums from life insurance accounts for 32.5 per cent of the gross premium written, an increase of 25 per cent in the previous year.

From left: Ganiyu Musa, Group Managing Director/CEO; Segun Adebanji, Chairman of the Board at the evnt.

According to him, the largest contributors to general business gross premium written were bonds, engineering & accident N2.12 billion; oil & gasN2.04 billion and motor N1.36 billion.

He said the company’s continued growth in special risk lines especially in the power, aviation, and oil and gas sectors was a testament to the confidence its customers and partners have in the firm’s technical underwriting expertise which it continued to strengthen.

“Our investment portfolios yielded positive performance figures driven mainly by trading activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), fixed income securities and the profit from continuing operations of of a joint venture arising mainly from the gains on disposal of investment property, overall, investment activities contributed a total of N4.8 billion to the group performance,” he stated.

From left: Ganiyu Musa, Group Managing Director/CEO; Chidinma Onwubere, Company Secretary & Segun Adebanji, Chairman of the Board at the event.

Adebanji posited that the firm’s net claims ratio for the year under stood at 47 per cent and has been relatively stable since the company put in place stricter risk acceptance parameters, as competitive pressures have driven premium rates to uneconomic levels. Consequently, our company ended the year with a profit before tax of N4.01 billion, an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year, he added.

“Worthy of note is the improvement of our marginal surplus from N102 million in 2018 to N4.9 billion in the year under review. This takes our solvency margin to 198 per cent, almost double the regulatory benchmark. Cash and cash equivalents balances also rose from N4.22 billion to N12.64 billion, thus greatly improving our liquidity,” he posited.

He maintained that the board of directors of the firm recommended the transfer of N1.72 billion from the company’s share premium account to the share capital account by issuing bonus shares in the proportion of seven new share of fifty kobo each for every 30 existing share of fifty kobo each, to achieve the company’s recapitalisation plan, a request which was granted by the shareholders.

The chairman posited that the pandemic has affected global businesses, stressing that the firm will persevere through the challenging times and will continue to support its customers and intermediaries in managing their risks, while sustaining it corporate social responsibility initiative in support of the state and federal government.

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