From Left: Mr Eddie Efekoha,Group Managing Director,Mr Obinna Ekezie,Chairman and Mrs Rukevwe Falana,Company Secretary,all of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance @ the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Company in Lagos.
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc, despite challenges in 2020 financial year recorded an impressive performance as its Gross Premium Written went up to N9.77 billion representing a 12 per cent growth when compared with the N8.69 billion reported in the comparable period of 2019.
The firm also approved N216.8 million interim dividend for the financial year ended 31st December, 2020. This is payable to all investors of the firm whose names appeared in the company register, and this translates to two kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo. Addressing shareholders at the firms 26th Annual General Meeting in Lagos, the Chairman CHI, Obinna Ekezie stated, ” In line with our desire to continually ensure appreciable returns to our shareholders, t h e B o a r d o f D i r e c t o r s w i s h e s t o recommend an interim dividend of N216.8 million for your consideration and approval.
This translates to two kobo per ordinary share of 50 kobo subject to appropriate withholding tax. We remain committed towards regular dividend”, said.
“I am delighted to inform you, as the results being presented today indicate, that despite the limitations on the economy during the financial year 2020, your company is once again reporting a positive result. The summary of our key gures shows that we generated an all-time high Gross Premium Written of N9.77 billion which represents a 12% growth when compared with the N8.69 billion reported in the same period of 2019.
The Net U n d e r w r i t i n g I n c o m e g r e w f r o m N5.46billion in 2019 to N6.5billion in 2020. Claims expenses jumped by 21% from N3.45billion in 2019 to N 4.17billion in 2020, an aﬃrmation of our commitment to cont i nu a l ly ma i n t a i n our s t e r l i n g reputation of ensuring that customers get value through prompt payment of all valid claims. We also recorded a modest growth of 8.6% in Profit Before Tax which moved from N711million during the preceding year to N772 million in 2020, while Profit After Tax increased to N677.98 million from N600.31 million in 2019. Total Assets increased by 22%, growing from N11.74 billion to N14.31 billion in the year under review”, he said. Similarly, speaking on claims payment, the Managing Director of the firm, Eddie Efekoha stated, Yo u r C o m p a ny i s c o n t i nu a l ly committed towards meeting its claims obligations to our numerous customers.
Claims expenses increased from N3.44 billion in 2019 to N4.17 billion in 2020, a 21% jump. I am pleased to inform you that we regularly settle all fully documented c l a i m s a h e a d o f t h e de a d l i n e stipulated by the Regulators”, he assured.