Life insurance sector witnesses 18.6% drop in 1st-year premium: CARE Ratings

Hit laborious by the coronavirus pandemic, the life insurance coverage sector witnessed an 18.6% drop within the first 12 months premium to 49,335 crore within the April-June quarter of the present monetary 12 months, in response to a report by CARE Rankings.

The general sum assured additionally declined 12.9% to eight.eight trillion within the June 2020 quarter, in contrast with 10 trillion (which was a rise of 17.6%) within the corresponding interval of the earlier 12 months.

The sector had seen their first-year premium declines of 32.6% and 27.9% in April 2020 and Could 2020, respectively, the report mentioned including that the June 2020 quarter figures are indicative that the sector is shifting in direction of restoration.

“The life insurance coverage sector continues to report a drop of their first-year premium assortment as companies have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The sector reported a lower of 18.6% within the first-year premium to 49,335 crore in Q1FY21 from 60,637 crore in Q1FY20,” it mentioned.

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Attributing the decline in enterprise within the first quarter of the present fiscal to lockdown and enterprise disruption, the report mentioned, “Development might probably return within the second or third quarter of 2020-21. Distribution channels might see vital realignment, with digital rising at the price of particular person brokers/ bancassurance.”

It added that the first-year premium for Life Insurance coverage Company (LIC) noticed a drop of 18.5% in first quarter of 2020-21, towards a rise of 81.2% a 12 months in the past.

Personal sector firms through the first quarter until Could 2020 witnessed a fall of 19.2%, in contrast with a progress of 32% within the April-June interval of 2019-20, the report mentioned.

“LIC continues to keep up its dominant share within the first-year premium for Q1FY21 (LIC share of 74% as towards 26% share of personal firms); the share in sum assured has remained largely flat in Q1FY21 compared with Q1FY20,” the report mentioned.

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The report additional mentioned that even because the business reported adverse progress for the primary quarter of the monetary 12 months, 5 insurance coverage firms (Aditya Birla Solar Life, Tata AIA Life, Canara HSBC OBC Life, Edelweiss Tokio Life, and Aviva Life) really reported a progress of their first-year premium assortment.

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