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Treasury Income Saves Insurers from Life Support; Profits Dip 3%

By: | December 19, 2016

Dec 19: Of the 24 life insurance companies operating in the country, only 19 insurers were profitable in 2015-16, with the sector’s overall profits dipping by 2.57 per cent.

During 2015-16, the life insurance industry reported profit after tax at Rs 7,414.97 crore as against Rs 7,611.31 crore for 2014-15, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) said in its latest Annual Report.  However, most of the companies have suffered underwriting losses and made money only through treasury operations.

The life insurers which reported profit are: AvivaLife, Bajaj Allianz, Birla SunLife, Canara HSBC, DHFL Pramerica, EXIDE Life, HDFC Standard, ICICI Prudential, IDBI Federal, India First, Kotak Mahindra, Max Life, PNB MetLife, Sahara India, SBI Life, Shriram Life, Star Union, Tata AIA and LIC of India.

The other five companies are: Aegon Life Insurance Company Ltd, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance, Bharti Axa Life Insurance, Future Generali India Life and Reliance Nippon. State-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) alone reported profit after tax at Rs 2,517.85 crore, an increase of 38.06% over Rs 1,823.78 crore for 2014-15.

The report said the total net profit of the non-life insurance industry dropped to Rs 3,238 crore as against Rs 4,639 crore in 2014-15. All the four public sector insurers reported net profit during the year 2015-16.

Quoting Swiss Re report, IRDAI said during 2015, the life insurance premium in India (adjusted for inflation) increased by 7.8% when global life insurance premium increased by 4%. The Indian non-life insurance sector witnessed a growth of 8.1% (inflation adjusted) during 2015 whereas the growth in global non-life insurance premium was 3.6%, it said.