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Chuks Udo Okonta
Anchor Insurance Company Limited has overcome setbacks brought about by the global pandemic to come out of the 2021 financial year with a gross written premium of N10.4bn as against the N6.8bn achieved in 2020.
This indicates a 54.43 per cent performance in 2021 over the results of 2020.
Disclosing this at the company’s annual general meeting in Lagos recently, Chairman of the company, Dr. Elijah Akpan, stated that 2021 was generally acknowledged as a year of recovery for businesses.
Akpan said: “2021 was generally acknowledged as a year of recovery for businesses, having suffered gross drawbacks following the lockdowns that greeted the global health pandemic in 2020.
“Despite the challenges businesses faced while trying to regain their full feet, we came out of the year with a gross written premium of N10.4bn as against the N6.8bn achieved in 2020. This indicates a 54.43% performance over the results of 2020.”
The Chairman also noted that the company experienced an astronomical rise in Profit Before Tax which stood at N1.02bn from N336.55m recorded in 2020, representing a whopping 203.13 per cent increase.
He said: “Our Profit After Tax rose to N867.55m compared to the N436.49m position in 2020, showing a 98.75 per cent growth.
“The Company’s Total Assets grew from N13.54bn in 2020 to N15.49bn in 2021, indicating a 14.33 per cent rise. Similarly, the Shareholders’ Funds had a 13.76% positive change from N5.67bn in 2020 to N6.45bn at the end of 2021.”
Also speaking, Managing Director/CEO of the company, Mr. Ebose Augustine said that regular claims payment has always set the company apart from others.
He said: “We held on to our avowed regular claims payment policy which has continued to set us apart in the competition. We paid a total sum of N997.42m as claims to genuine affected policyholders as against the N1.29bn response in 2020. This shows a 22.62 per cent positive drop in claims paid. This positive claims management was a direct result of the improvement the Claims Team has continued to make. The Team’s thorough investigations and assessments have severally saved the Company from incurring fraudulent claims.
“We would have surpassed the above income generated if premiums for most businesses (mainly in the public and financial sectors) we had concluded were paid.”
On dividend payment, Augustine noted that in keeping with the Company’s avowed policy to always make its shareholders smile, it paid a dividend of 4.5kobo per share to the owners of the business for the 2021 financial year as against the 40k it paid to them in 2020.
“The Board assured the shareholders it would keep the trend increasing proposed figure for dividend as the profit margin continues to gain such yearly momentum.”
On future outlook, Augustine stated: “Though the National Insurance Commission has suspended its ordered industry recapitalization, we will pursue the recapitalisation of our dear Anchor Insurance Company to its quickest conclusion, knowing the advantages available for the Company when achieved.
“We will look at creating more people-oriented retail products as further multiple premium generation channels. We value our Management and Staff for their dedication and ownership spirit in the discharge of their duties. They are directly responsible for the good report the Company turns in each year.
The Board will work closely with the Management and ensure that appropriate welfare rewards are extended to all deserving hands in the Company’s employ.”
Anchor Insurance jointly sponsored the Inauguration of the new executives of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents, NAIPCO which took place recently.