Mutual Benefits Assurance nets N3.61bn profit, pays N21bn claims in 2019


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Chuks Udo Okonta

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc has announced its result for the year ended 2019 with profit after income tax of N3.61billion, achieving a 214 per cent increase from N1.15 billion recorded in 2018.

Its Head, Corporate Communication, Ellen Offo, noted that according to the result of firm’s audited account released on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the Company’s gross premium written rose by 18 per cent from N15.84 billion in 2018 to N18.7 billion in 2019. Net premium income stood at N15.29 billion, representing a 13 per cent increase from N13.48 billion in 2018.

The Company also recorded a growth in Underwriting Profit of 77 per cent, which rose to N5.4billion from N3.1 billion recorded in 2018 and a 13 per cent increase in Net underwriting income from N13.96 billion in the previous year to 15.77 billion in the year under review.

Shareholders’ Fund for the year under review stands at N13.43billion, a 50.33 per cent increase from the previous year’s N8.94 billion, while Total Assets grew by 14 per cent from N59.4 billion in 2018 to N67.8 billion in 2019.

Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc. and its subsidiary, Mutual Benefits Life Assurance, paid combined claims amounting to N21billion in 2019. The General Business paid N3.2 billion, while Life Business paid N17.8billion.

A breakdown of the claims paid by Mutual Benefits Life Assurance Limited indicates that Maturity Claims account for the highest claims , at N8.00 billion, followed by Surrender Claims at N4.28 billion and Group Life Claims at N4.03 billion. Partial withdrawal stood at N1.26 billion with Credit Life, Individual Death Claims, and Annuity Claims accounting for N75.59 million, N105 million and N45.62 million respectively. These represent a 12.1 per cent decrease from the total claims of N20.25 million paid last year.

For the Non-Life Business, Gross Claims paid was N3.2 billion. Motor Claims being the highest was N1.22 billion, followed by Fire Claims at N859 million. Special Risks (Aviation/Oil & Gas) attracted N472.12 million Claims, and Marine Claims were N180.144 million.

Managing Director, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Femi Asenuga, commenting on the Company’s remarkable performance said: “A twin approach of increased revenue drive and more robust underwriting process in 2019 ensured an impressive 77 per cent increase in underwriting profit from N3.1b in 2018 to N5.4b in 2019.”

On the Company’s 5-year Strategy Plan tagged Project One Reloaded, Femi remarked that “we have made giant strides towards delivering more innovative and cutting-edge solutions to our teeming customers with the launch of an attractive, user-friendly website with e-commerce capabilities and a Mobile-Application.”

The website and its e-commerce page allow the Company’s numerous customers to procure insurance policies online real-time and seamlessly at their convenience; while improving their overall customer experience, he posited.

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