Money & Banking

Bharti AXA General premium jumps 46 per cent in H1

KR Srivats New Delhi | Updated on December 24, 2019 Published on December 24, 2019

Bharti AXA General Insurance MD & CEO Sanjeev Srinivasan

Expects to grow better than industry in second half as well, says MD& CEO Sanjeev Srinivasan

Bharti AXA General Insurance, a private general insurer, has registered 46 per cent increase in its gross written premium for the first half of this fiscal at ₹ 1,586 crore as against ₹ 1,087 crore in the same period last year.

“The healthy double-digit growth in the first half of this fiscal across all product lines and channels, has been achieved by enhancing distribution bandwidth, forging strategic business alliances and diversifying product lines and channels. We expect to grow better than industry in the second half of 2019-20 as well,’’ Sanjeev Srinivasan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bharti AXA General Insurance, said.

Growth areas

He said all product segments saw robust growth, led by commercial lines, motor, crop and health insurance.

The company’s focus on segments like SME and MSME yielded a 79 per cent growth in the commercial lines segment. Its continued focus on building partnerships with motor insurance service providers through brokers and direct relationships helped enhance market share in both these segments, he said.

Motor, health and travel helmed the growth for retail channel which registered 38 per cent increase in revenue in the April–September period this financial year over same period in the last financial year.

Increasing distribution network, new partnerships along with prudent product pricing have been key drivers for the company’s growth in both retail and corporate business, he added.

Investment provisions have also been undertaken on prudent basis with respect to diminution in the value of Secured Non-Convertible Debentures. This has resulted in increased combined ratio of 122 per cent in the April–September period of 2019-20. However, the company is poised to improve these numbers by making concerted efforts towards better expense management and profitable growth, Srinivasan said.

To support multiple large bank partnerships, the company has made significant investments in people, technology, expansion of branch network and other capabilities which will help enrich and strengthen the processes, deliveries and customer experience through these partnerships.

Bharti AXA General Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and French insurance major AXA, has further boosted its bancassurance portfolio by forging alliance with AXIS Bank and South Indian Bank recently. Besides, it also sells its products through leading banks such as HDFC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC Bank, DBS Bank, Airtel Payments Bank and American Express.

Focus areas

“We are confident that the focus on multiple bancassurance partnerships, emerging markets, segment diversification, digitization, better expense management, and customer-centricity will help the company yield stronger growth and a profitable performance across all key metrics of the business by the end of this financial year,’’ Mr. Srinivasan added.

Published on December 24, 2019
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