Coronation Insurance has paid out a sum of N1.6 billion claims in the first quarter of 2021. This amount represents a 43 percent rise year on year from the N1.1 billion it paid during the period last year.
This company disclosed this in its unaudited interim financial statement for the period ended March 2021 made available to the Nigerian Exchange and accessed by Business A.M.
The report also shows that profit for the period covered moved sharply to N648 million, almost double the amount for the same period in 2020, which was N361 million. This was achieved on the basis of a gross premium written at N5.2 billion in the first quarter, up from N4.1 billion recorded in the same period of 2020.
The improved profit is attributed to the dip in reinsurance expenses, which came in at N1.1 billion, as against N1.7 billion last year; and increase in investment income, which stood at N559 million this year compared to N287 million recorded in the first quarter of last year.
The major driver of profit, however, could be seen in the movement in the unearned premium which grew rapidly by a whole 1055 percent to close at N1.77 billion compared to the previous year which stood at N153 million, causing the gross premium income in the first quarter of 2021 to be valued at N3.46 billion.
Total net premium income, as well as fees and commission income for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to N2.3 billion and N228 million, respectively against those of 2020 which stood at N2.27 billion and N433 million. respectively, leaving the net underwriting income at N2.55 billion in the first three months of this year, down from the N2.7 billion recorded in the same period the last year.
Similarly, the net claim expenses in the first quarter of 2021 rose, reaching N1.25 billion from N758 million the previous year; while the total underwriting expenses hit N1.79 billion from N1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2020.
Also, during the quarter under review, total underwriting profit and net income came to a record N756 million and N1.6 billion, respectively. Consequently, the operating profit and the profit before tax landed at NN325 million and N648 million, respectively.
Frontpage October 31, 2019