May 28, Colombo: Ceylinco Insurance PLC, announced an incomparable dividend of Rs.31.50 per share to its shareholders for the year 2017, which constitutes a 315% dividend of the original share price. This is also an increase of 14.5 % of the dividend declared for 2016.
Ceylinco Insurance PLC said that the company was able to declare this dividend due to the exceptional results of its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Ceylinco General Insurance Ltd and Ceylinco Life Insurance Ltd. By consistently delivering on its commitment to grow shareholder wealth in a sustainable manner, the company has earned the trust and confidence of its stakeholders.
The revenue of Ceylinco Insurance PLC exceeded Rs. 44.3 billion in 2017 with its insurance sector contributing Rs. 41 billion, the education sector Rs. 2.4 billion, the power and energy sector Rs. 545 million, with the others contributing the balance. The consolidated results recorded an imposing expansion, with the profit before tax reaching an exceptional Rs 12.6 billion, and the after tax profit standing at Rs. 11.7 billion. The main contributor to this mammoth profit was the insurance sector, with Rs 10.9 Billion, the education sector with Rs 457 million, the power sector with Rs 142.4 million, the healthcare sector contributing Rs 71.3 million, while the balance came in from the other sectors.
Commenting on the achievement, Ajith Gunawardena, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Ceylinco Insurance PLC had this to say: "Our exceptional financial performance this year has enabled us to extend a generous dividend to our valued shareholders, one of the highest declared by a company in the financial sector. This success belongs to the dedication and commitment of the staff, backed strongly by our best in class systems and processes. Our social and economic governance practices coupled with prudential financial management and cutting edge marketing and customer service standards has brought us this success."
R Renganathan, Director of Ceylinco Insurance PLC and Managing Director of Ceylinco Life Insurance said: "The impressive shareholder returns generated by the company are all the more noteworthy when considering Ceylinco Life Insurance's record of claim settlement and payment of benefits to policyholders, as well as its commitment to the community. In 2017, Ceylinco Life alone paid out Rs 6.7 billion in gross claims and benefits to policyholders, including Rs 4.45 billion in annual bonuses. Ceylinco Life recorded a gigantic net profit of Rs 9.4 billion for the year and transferred Rs 4.5 billion to shareholders fund."
Patrick Alwis, Managing Director of Ceylinco General Insurance commenting on the performance said contributing to this remarkable performance, Ceylinco General Insurance recorded a profit after tax of Rs. 1.4 billion. "This is after paying claims to the tune of Rs. 9.2 billion in 2017. The unprecedented amount of money provided in lieu of claim settlement reflects the company's continuing commitment to ensuring timely claim settlement to all customers. Ceylinco General Insurance has always maintained an undisputed and unmatched reputation for settling all claims On The Spot enabling our customers to return to normalcy in the fastest possible time."