Fidelity Doubles Net Premiums In Half Year 2021

Fidelity Life Assurance building

By Nyasha Mutena

Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited has recorded net premiums written in inflation adjusted terms of ZWL 441.0 million, an increase of 102 percent from ZWL 218.3 million recorded prior year.

The growth is mainly attributable to responsible reviews of recurring premiums, new business acquisition and organic growth from the existing book. The Life Insurance businesses, continued to be the major contributor to total core income growth contributing 83 percent of total core income.

Total income (including investment income) in inflation adjusted terms declined by 67 percent to ZWL933.8 million from ZWL 2,836.0 million due to insignificant fair value adjustments on investment property and equities.
Fair values of the investment property are mainly driven by movements in the exchange rate which was stable during the first half of 2021 as compared to the same period prior year.

“A deliberate choice of markets and expansion of distribution channels resulted in the writing of new business including US$ denominated policies and this contributed to improved top line growth in addition to organic growth of the existing book as a result of product innovations which commanded higher premiums,” Group chief executive officer, Reuben Java said in a statement accompanying the company results.

On inflation adjusted basis, total benefits, claims and other expenses declined by 43 percent from ZWL1, 603.4 million in 2020 to ZWL920.2 million in 2021.
The Group realized savings on the Southview water pipeline project, with project costs incurred during the period decreasing by 92 percent from ZWL467.7 million prior year to ZWL39.1 million current year as the project reaches its tail end.
Profit for the period declined by 74 percent to ZW$320.37 million from a comparative 2020 half year of ZW$1.2 billion.

“The depressed profitability for the Group is as a result of a decline in exchange rate differences arising from translation of foreign operations and foreign currency denominated assets due to stabilization in the exchange rate which were experienced in the current year,” the Group said.

Total assets declined marginally in real terms to ZWL 6,604.2 million down from ZWL6, 606.0 million in 2020. In addition, the company did not declare dividend as focus has been shifted towards strengthen the capital position of the company by deploying earnings to increase business underwriting capacity.