On behalf of the Board of Directors, I present to you the sixth Annual Report of Insurance House PSC (IH).
First and foremost, I would like to thank our founders, shareholders and all those who helped further develop and grow Insurance House into the enterprise it is today, one that is focused on exceeding customers’ expectations and maximizing shareholders’ wealth.
During 2017, IH has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround in its business operations by registering a Net Profit of AED 8.12 million for the twelve months ended 31 December 2017, compared to a Net Loss of AED 19.04 million registered in the previous year. This is a very encouraging sign for the Company, and augurs well for sustained profitable growth in the near future.
Gross Premiums Written (GPW) during the year ended 31 December 2017 soared to AED 219.47 million, which is 37.3% higher compared to AED 159.84 million underwritten in the previous year. Net Premiums Earned during the year ended 31 December 2017 jumped by 50% to reach AED 157.88 million, compared to AED 105.02 million in the previous year. At the same time, Net Claims Incurred were on a tight leash, increasing by only 10% year on year, despite a 45% increase in Gross Underwriting Income year on year. The ratio of Net Claims Incurred as a percentage of Net Premiums Earned, registered a healthy improvement to 67.6% in 2017 compared to 92.3% in 2016. As a combined result of the above, Net Underwriting Income for the year ended 31 December 2017 catapulted to AED 41.38 million compared to AED 5.15 million for the previous year ended 31 December 2016.
Despite intense competition, a tighter regulatory framework and elevated pressures on input costs, the Company’s business portfolio grew significantly, both in terms of top-line and bottom-line, due to a series of carefully planned strategic and tactical measures implemented across all business lines. We are confident of maintaining this significantly improved growth momentum in 2018 and beyond.
As of 31 December 2017, 43% of our Total Assets (AED 109.08 million out of AED 254 million) are in cash and cash equivalents. This is primarily because we exited from several high yielding, investment grade fixed income securities that were not “A” rated, in order to comply with regulatory requirements. We are in the process of re-investing these sale proceeds into permissible investments as stipulated by the Insurance Authority. This explains the lower income from our Investment Portfolio in the financial year ended 31 December 2017, compared to the previous year. The disappointing performance of domestic equity markets (ADX & DFM) in 2017 also had a negative impact on the valuation of our local equities trading portfolio.
General, administrative and other operating expenses incurred in the financial year ended 31 December 2017 increased by 7.4% year-on-year, and should be viewed in the context of a 37.30% growth in Gross Premiums Written and the expectation of sustained business growth in the near future. Nevertheless, we maintain a close vigil to ensure that expenses are tightly controlled and stay well within budget.
We remain optimistic of our profitable growth potential in the near future. Our strategy is to continue to offer reliable insurance products coupled with superior service quality. Going forward, we seek to achieve enhanced profits not only from our core insurance activities that are already delivering stellar results, but also through redeploying our cash pile in a well-diversified investment portfolio that is fully compliant with Insurance Authority regulations.
With Appreciation & Gratitude
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and place on record my sincere appreciation & gratitude to:
- our loyal customers for their continued patronage and constructive feedback,
- the UAE Insurance Authority, the UAE Ministry of Economy, the Securities and Commodities Authority, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange for their continued guidance and valuable support,
- our shareholders for their unwavering confidence and patience,
- our management and staff for their commendable teamwork, positive attitude, dedication to duty & untiring efforts and,
- fellow Board members for their pro-active guidance and valuable inputs.
We express our sincere gratitude to the Government of the UAE under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces as well as Their Highnesses, the Rulers of various Emirates and Supreme Council Members for their progressive leadership.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Mohammed Abdulla Jumaa Alqubaisi