From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos
Royal Exchange Plc, has settled claims to the tune of N3.1 billion for the financial year ended 31st December, 2018.
The figure represents an 8 percent marginal reduction over what was paid in the comparable period of 2017.
The company equally generated a Gross Written Premium to the tune of N14.7 billion within the period, thus representing a growth rate of 15%, when compared with N12.8 billion recorded 2017.
Net Premium Income as well soared to N9.1 billion showing a 29.7 percent increase over the 2018 figure, while net underwriting profit increased to N9.73 billion within the period under review.
Underwriting profit grew up to N3.67 billion in the 2018 against 2017 figure of N1.05 billion, while Net Income soared to N4.35 billion, N2.4 billion recorded in 2017.
Total Assets of the group recorded 6.74percent growth from N33.2 billion in 2017 to N35.53 billion within the period under review..
Addressing the shareholders at the firms Annual General Meeting today in Lagos, the Chairman, Royal Exchange Plc, Mr. Kenny Odogwu stated that despite the challenges in the operating environment, the group made a successful outing in 2018 compared to the previous years.
Odogwu noted that Royal Exchange was able to record the improved performance through cost optimization initiatives, innovation in key categories and extensive retail market expansion as well as by participating in large-ticket financial transactions.
According to Odogwu, “Royal Exchange Plc envisions a situation where the retail insurance market should be able to contribute between 50-60 percent of our revenues in the future, as the retail market is the future of insurance in Nigeria, considering the population of the country.
Speaking further, he added that with the recent approval from the National Insurance Commission to undertake agricultural insurance, the company has entered into strategic alliances with various stakeholders in the agricultural space to drive insurance within that sector of the economy and in the couple of months, revenues will start coming in from there.
“Royal Exchange Plc, will in the years to come, continue to be an aggressive player in the retail market in Nigeria and will be looking at different strategies to increase its product offering and visibility in the marketplace, while not losing track of the corporate market, where the returns and margins, are getting thinner, yearly”.