Thursday, August 23, 2018

IGI Reports Solid Half-Year 2018 Results, Supported by Improved GWP Growth

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -Monday 20 August 2018 [ AETOS Wire ]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- International General Insurance Holdings Limited today reported earnings for the first half of 2018.
IGI reported a net profit of $11.0 million for the first six months of 2018, against $14.8 million last year and a 20% rise in gross premiums written from $138.12 million in June 2017 to $165.87 million. Growth occurred across all IGI’s major lines of business.
The Company posted a 7% rise in gross underwriting profits of $23.75 million, mainly due to growth in gross earned premium from last year, partially offset by increase in net claims incurred primarily due to strengthening of IBNR.
IGI posted a combined ratio of 91.3%, compared to 89.8% in June 2017.
“We are pleased with the first six months of the year and we continue to remain optimistic that barring major catastrophes as occurred in the third Quarter of 2017, we should be able to deliver our planned results for 2018,” said Mr. Wasef Jabsheh, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IGIH.
In July, rating agency Standard & Poor reaffirmed IGI’s financial strength rating of A- stable outlook, citing IGI’s strength in maintaining sound underwriting and operating performance. A.M. Best also reaffirmed IGI’s financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) with a positive outlook in the first week of August.
Highlights for the first half of the year, as at 30th June 2018, are as hereunder, along with those for the previous year:
    As at
30th June 2018
(US Dollars)
  As at
30th June 2017
(US Dollars)

$ in million          
Gross written premium   165.87   138.12  
Underwriting profit   23.75   22.17  
Investment income   4.88   6.68  
Net profits   11.02   14.8  
Total Assets   935.25   824.22  
Shareholder’s equity   307.08   322.89  
Ratios (%)
Growth in written premium   20.1   9.0  
Combined ratio   91.3   89.8  
Return on equity (Annualized)   7.2   9.2  
The Board of Directors of IGIH proposed at its meeting of 16 August an interim dividend of US $0.03 per share for the first half of 2018.
Issued by rein4ce on behalf of International General Insurance Holding Limited.
About IGI:
International General Insurance Holdings Limited is registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with operations in Bermuda, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Morocco and a wholly owned subsidiary in the U.K.
IGI Bermuda is a class 3B (re)insurer regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA). This subsidiary is the principal underwriting entity for the Group. The Group also has a branch in Labuan, Malaysia, registered as a second-tier offshore reinsurer.
Both IGI Bermuda and IGI UK are rated A- with a stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s and A- (Excellent) with a positive outlook by A.M Best Company.
IGI Group of companies underwrites a worldwide portfolio of energy, property, engineering, casualty, legal expenses, directors and officers, financial institutions, general aviation, ports & terminals, marine liability, political violence, forestry and reinsurance treaty business.
International General Insurance Holdings Limited had assets in excess of US$ 900 million as at 30th June 2018.
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