Tuesday, 21 July 2020

ICICI Prudential Life posts a resilient performance

ICICI Prudential Life posts a resilient performance amidst a challenging environment
·         Protection mix improves to 26% of overall APE
·         Annuity new business premium registers a growth of 13.1%
·         VNB Margin expands to 24.4%
·         Assets under Management grows 3.6% to Rs. 1.7 trillion

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has posted a 13.1% growth in Annuity new business premium and a 14.2% growth in traditional long-term savings business during Q1-FY2021, over Q1-FY2020 despite the challenges arising due to Covid-19.

 With a new business sum assured of Rs. 937.57 billion for the quarter, the Company has achieved a market leadership position, which is an endorsement of customers’ belief, its innovative products and customer-centric initiatives.

A robust risk management mechanism and investment policy, has ensured zero Non Performing Assets (NPAs) since inception and across market cycles. The Company’s solvency ratio for the quarter stood at 205%, well above the regulatory requirement of 150%.

Mr. N S Kannan, MD & CEO, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance said, “

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the way consumers perceive life insurance and protection products have therefore seen an increased demand. Even with the movement restrictions in the last quarter, the share of protection in our portfolio increased to 26% of Annualised Premium Equivalent (APE). This resulted in an expansion in the VNB margin from 21% for Q1-FY2020 to 24.4% for Q1-FY2021. Customers trust us to help them achieve their longterm financial goals and despite volatile markets our assets under management grew by 3.6% to Rs. 1.7 trillion for the quarter ended June 2020.

Our robust digital platform enabled us to quickly adapt to the changes in the business environment without any disruption. Besides, our end-to-end digital platform has facilitated a smooth transition of sales processes from a physical to a virtual handshake, which was crucial given the lockdown.”

Mr. Kannan added, “To further strengthen our multi-channel distribution network and to increase our presence in the largely under-penetrated protection opportunity in India, we entered into a bancassurance partnership with IDFC First Bank Ltd. for the distribution of our entire suite of protection and long-term savings products.”
Company Performance

Value of New Business (VNB) growth
The VNB for Q1-FY2021 stood at Rs. 2.01 billion with an expansion in VNB margin from 21.0% in Q1-FY2020 to 24.4% in Q1-FY2021.

Progress on our 4P strategy
Premium Growth
The challenges brought about by the pandemic had an impact on new business premium during the quarter, which decreased from Rs. 22.26 billion in Q1-FY2020 to Rs. 14.99 billion during Q1-FY2021. The Annuity new business premium registered a growth of 13.1% from Rs. 1.91 billion in Q1-FY2020 to Rs. 2.16 billion during Q1-FY2021.

Protection business share
With Rs. 2.14 billion in Q1-FY2021, the Protection APE maintained a consistent performance.  The protection mix improved from 14.6% of APE in Q1-FY2020 to 26.0% of APE for Q1FY2021.

The 13th and 49th month persistency ratios have been range-bound and stood at 84.1% and 66.2% respectively at June 30, 2020. Assets under Management stood at Rs. 1.7 trillion as of June 30, 2020.

The overall cost ratio i.e. Cost/Total Weighted Received Premium (TWRP) improved from 17.0% in Q1-FY2020 to 14.8% in Q1-FY2021. The cost ratio for the savings line of business also improved from 11.3% in Q1-FY2020 to 8.8% in Q1-FY2021.

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