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Fitch upgrade HNB Assurance, HNB General Insurance Ratings

CEO, HNBA and HNBGI – Prasantha Fernando, COO, HNBA Lasitha Wimalaratne and COO,HNBGI Sithumina Jayasundara
CEO, HNBA and HNBGI – Prasantha Fernando, COO, HNBA Lasitha Wimalaratne and COO,HNBGI Sithumina Jayasundara

Reaffirming the strength and stability of HNB Assurance PLC Group, Fitch Ratings upgraded the ‘National Insurer Financial Strength Rating’ (IFS) of both HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) from ‘A(lka)’ to ‘A+(lka)’ citing stable outlooks.

The Rating Actions Commentary issued by Fitch on June 3, 2021 states “The upgrade reflects the insurers’ improved capital position, as measured by strong regulatory risk-based capital (RBC) ratios. The ratings also take into account the insurers’ ‘Favourable’ business profiles and a sustained improvement in their non-life underwriting performance, while maintaining satisfactory earnings in its life insurance operation.”

Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC Group, Rose Cooray stated, “This indeed is another significant achievement for HNB Assurance as well as HNB General Insurance and demonstrates very clearly to the market the singular focus of both companies on maintaining and building their strength and stability.”

“HNBA’s Life Fund has exceeded LKR 17.8 BN, HNBGI’s Contract Liabilities stood at LKR 3.5 BN while the Total Assets of the Group surpassed LKR 32.9 BN by the end of the first quarter of 2021.” “For our Group, it’s not business at any cost, rather, our drive is towards consolidated growth being driven through the focus on key business fundamentals and a prudent outlook to risk underwriting.”

“This rating upgrade augurs well for the soundness of strategies that have been crafted for both companies as well as for the capability and business acumen of the Management Teams. This will no doubt fortify our position in the market as a solid player and further infuse confidence in the mindset of key stakeholders to transact with both the Companies.”.

Chief Executive Officer of HNBA and HNBGI, Prasantha Fernando shared his thoughts stating, “The ratings of HNBA and HNBGI have been upgraded by Fitch Ratings upon reviewing the business profiles, the improved capital position, and the sustainable underwriting performance of both entities.

Further, an upgrade of this nature demonstrates our consolidated financial strength, low business risk and solid operational performance.”

Fernando added “I am happy to note that the Group recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of LKR 3.2 BN for the first quarter of 2021.

The Life Insurance business posted a remarkable 51% growth in GWP achieving LKR 1.6 BN and the General Insurance business recorded a GWP of LKR 1.6 BN marking a 27% growth.

It is noteworthy to mention that the market rank of HNBGI has improved by one notch to the 7th position during the quarter with the growth in GWP.”

“The contribution of our Parent Company HNB too has helped us in this achievement.” “This upgrade has us all energized, excited and invigorated, and will, I am sure, further bolster the drive and passion of every team member to do better during these difficult times”.