February 16, 2021
General Accident Insurance Company Limited (GENAC), for the year ended December 31, 2020 reported gross premium written of $12.05 billion, 12% higher than the $10.73 billion reported for 2019. Reinsurance ceded rose 11% to close at $9.07 billion relative to $8.15 billion booked in 2019. Excess of loss reinsurance trended up by 33% to $173.66 million (2019: $130.18 million).
As a result, net premium written increased by 15% from $2.47 billion last year to $2.81 billion for the year ended December 31, 2020. Net premium written for the fourth quarter amounted to $823.19 million relative to $801.35 million booked for the corresponding period in 2019.
Net changes in unearned premiums totalled $71.72 million, 66% lower than the $212.39 million recorded last year. Consequently, net premiums earned, for the year ended December 31, 2020, grew by 22% to a total of $2.73 billion compared to $2.23 billion for the prior year. For the quarter, net premium earned totalled $710.84 million compared to $698.90 million booked for the similar quarter of 2019.
Commission income fell 11%, year over year, from $857.54 million in 2019 to $762.87 million in 2020, while commission expenses increased by 7% from $451.86 million to $483.99 million.
Net changes in commission amounted to $53.51 million (2019: nil). Claims expenses saw an increase of 49%, closing the period at $1.79 billion (2019: $1.21 billion), while management expenses climbed by 23% to total $1.22 billion compared to 2019’s total of $991.99 million.
Underwriting profit for the year totalled $58.41 million, this compares to a profit of $442.14 million in 2019. The company also made an underwriting profit of $64.61 million relative to a profit of $333.50 million within the fourth quarter.
Investment income closed at $201.78 million, a decrease of 12% when compared with last year’s $229.89 million, while other income totalled $178.98 million, relative to $202.18 million in 2019. Other operating expenses grew by 24% to $119.19 million relative to $96.47 million in 2019. The Company also booked finance charges of $2.71 million for the year end (2019: $7.57 million).
Profit before taxation amounted to $317.27 million (2019: $770.15 million). Following taxes of $34.02 million (2019: $118.60 million), net profit totalled $283.25 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, a decrease of 57% compared to the $651.56 million reported last year. Net profit for the quarter was $158.61 million, 65% less than the $459.02 million booked in the corresponding quarter in 2019.
Net profit attributable to shareholders amounted to $323.26 million (2019: $558.76 million). While, for the quarter, net profit attributable to shareholders closed at $176.07 million (2019: $366.23 million).
Total comprehensive income amounted to $288.98 million (2019: $700.96 million) for the year ended December 31, 2020, a contraction of 59%. For the fourth quarter, total comprehensive income amounted to $142.89 million (2019: $500.30 million).
As such, earning per share for the period amounted to $0.31 (2019: $0.54), while EPS for the quarter amounted to $0.17 compared to $0.36 in 2019. The trailing twelve months EPS amounted to $0.31. The stock traded at $5.59 as at February 15, 2021 with a corresponding P/E ratio of 17.83 times. The number of shares used in our calculations amounted to 1,031,250,000 units.
Management stated, “During the year we also launched in Barbados. General Accident (Barbados) incurred significant start-up costs which were expected and budgeted. We expect that it will be profitable in 2021.”
GENAC further stated, “Our outlook remains positive for 2021. We expect our profitability to improve in 2021 due primarily to premium growth in Barbados and Trinidad. In addition, as the reorganization of our foreign subsidiaries is now fully completed we expect our overhead costs to stabilize. As the group continues to grow in size, we expect to achieve the scale and resilience projected by our business model.”
Balance Sheet at a glance:-
Total assets increased by a meager 1% to $11.11 billion as at December 31, 2020 from $11.04 billion a year earlier. ‘Cash & short term investments’ and ‘Other receivables’ contributed the most to the growth in assets with a 72% increase to $1.10 billion (2019: $642.33 million) and a 230% increase to $552.27 million (2019: $167.41 million), respectively.
Shareholder’s equity as at December 31, 2020 stood at $2.64 billion (2019: $2.53 billion) resulting in book value per share of $2.56 (2019: $2.45).
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