September 23, 2021

Life insurers report 3% YoY growth in new business premiums in August

By Administrator_ India

Capital Sands

After witnessing a double-digit contraction in new business premium (NBP) in July, life insurers are back in the green again, witnessing a marginal year-on-year (YoY) growth of 3 percent in NBP in August, owing to a strong performance by the private insurers.

In July, life insurers reported an 11 percent YoY drop in NBP while in June they managed to report a 7.53 percent increase in NBP, following a dip in May due to the second wave of the pandemic.

The life insurance industry reported NBP to the tune of Rs 27,820.74 crore in August, up 2.88 percent YoY, despite a 3.8 percent YoY contraction reported by state insurance behemoth — Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) — in NBP as private insurers posted 21 percent YoY growth in NBP. NBP is the premium acquired from new policies in a particular year.

Private insurers, 23, earned Rs 8,859.97 crore in NBP in August 2021 compared to Rs 7,325.58 crore in August 2020, and Rs 6,440.65 crore in August 2019. On the other hand, LIC earned NBP to the tune of Rs 18,960.77 crore in August 2021 compared to Rs 19,714.21 crore in the same period last year and Rs 17,114. 32 crore in August 2019.

Among top private insurers, apart from HDFC Life, which saw a 6 percent YoY decline in NBP in August, SBI Life, ICICI Prudential, and Max Life saw their NBP rise by 23.9 percent, 43 percent, and 16.5 percent respectively.

Compared to the pre-pandemic period (August 2019), NBP of the life insurance industry witnessed an 18 percent increase, with LIC NBP growing by 10.8 percent and private insurer’s NBP posting a stellar growth of 37.56 percent.

On a year-to-date (YTD) basis, the life insurance industry saw a marginal 1.63 percent YoY growth in NBP to Rs 1 trillion. While LIC’s NBP till August totaled Rs 66,592.38 crore, down 6.6 percent YoY, private insurers saw their NBP rise 23 percent YoY to Rs 34,388.33 crore.

In the first quarter of FY22, the premium collection of the life insurance industry was up almost 7 percent to Rs 52,725.26 crore YoY, aided by a stellar 33.73 percent growth registered by the private insurers. However, LIC’s NBP in Q1FY22 declined 2.5 percent YoY to Rs 35,600.68 crore.

According to Care Ratings, in Q1FY22, the growth in premiums albeit muted was driven by unit-linked products and protection plans. However, the life insurance sector witnessed significant claims in Q1FY22 due to the second wave of the pandemic, and profitability suffered as companies made provisions/ reserves to alleviate the impact of the claims.

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