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Arig continues to grow operating profits

Source: Corporate Communications

Manama: Close on the heels of registering record results for 2005, Arab Insurance Group (Arig) today announced that it had closed the first quarter for 2006 with a net profit of US$ 8.0 million, an increase of 31% from US$ 6.1 million for the same period in the previous year (excluding US$ 6.5 million of profits from discontinued operations). The quarterly result represents an annualised return of 11.8% on average shareholders’ equity.

The improved results were contributed by higher underwriting profits of US$ 4.1 million for the quarter as compared to US$ 3.1 million for the same period in 2005. Investment income also improved from US$ 9.2 million for first quarter 2005 to US$ 11.4 million for first quarter 2006.

Shareholders’ equity at the end of the first quarter amounted to US$ 269.1 million – almost at the same level as year end 2005 after considering the payment of US$ 10 million in dividends. With the issue of bonus shares for 2005, Arig’s paid up capital is now at US$ 220 million and its adjusted book value amounts to US$ 1.24 per share. The market value of the Arig share is at around US$ 1.00 per share.

In line with Arig’s strategy of maintaining strict underwriting discipline particularly in a soft market environment, gross premium writings have been scaled down with several non-profitable treaty accounts not being renewed. As a result, gross premiums declined to US$ 84.5 million as compared to US$ 91.0 million for the same period in 2005. The reduction in treaty premiums was partly offset by increase in facultative business and premiums from the ASEAN region which grew by 23%, mainly supported by the commencement of operations in Singapore.

Mr. Yassir Albaharna, Arig’s new Chief Executive Officer, said, “We have had a good start this year – where we have continued to implement and build on our strategic initiatives for achieving growth and profitability. Our efforts continue to be focused on closely monitoring and managing our technical profitability and investment returns in order to add shareholder value and returns.”

Financial Highlights at 31 March 2006

(US$’000)
31 March Year 2005
2006 2005
Gross premiums written

84,504

91,030

173,652

Underwriting result

4,096

3,070

8,151

Investment income

11,445

9,238

33,042

Operating expenses

5,001

6,107

22,864

Profit from continuing operations

8,015

6,098

19,338

Profit from discontinued operations

6,461

28,859

Net profit

8,015

12,559

48,197

Investment assets

659,879

1,129,048

659,426

Net technical provisions

391,111

953,989

346,549

Shareholders’ equity

269,108

231,852

272,383

Total assets

950,622

1,639,101

902,228

Book value per share (US$)

1.24

1.07

1.26

 

 


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