Money & Banking

LIC registers improved persistency ratio for individual business in FY21

Surabhi Mumbai | Updated on July 02, 2021

Indicates quality of sale and future growth

Life Insurance Corporation of India seems to have beaten the odds of the pandemic, with its 13th month persistency for individual business registering improvement in 2020-21.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, LIC reported a 13th month persistency of 63 per cent by number of policies and 74 per cent in terms of annualised premium for its individual regular business.

For the full fiscal 2020-21, its 13th month persistency for individual business was 67 per cent by number of policies and 79 per cent by annualised premium.

In contrast, LIC had reported a 13th month persistency of 61 per cent by number of policies and 72 per cent by annualised premium in 2019-20 for individual business.

The IPO bound life insurance behemoth also showed improved persistency ratios for the 61st month in the segment under review.

It was 48 per cent by number of policies and 59 per cent by annualised premium in 2020-21 as against 44 per cent and 54 per cent respectively in 2019-20.

Persistency ratio is an important benchmark for life insurers as it reflects the number of policyholders who paid their renewal premium. It is widely seen as an indicator of the quality of the sale as well as future growth.

This was especially important last fiscal when many insurers had initially announced a drop in persistency levels as customers faced job losses and salary cuts. However, by the end of the fiscal year, most life insurers reported a return in renewals and persistency levels.

Over the last year, LIC had also launched special measures to help customers amidst the pandemic, including a special campaign to revive lapsed individual life cover policies.

Meanwhile, in terms of first year premium this fiscal, LIC has seen better performance compared to last fiscal.

According to IRDAI data, it registered a drop of 12.38 per cent in May 2021 to ₹8,947.64 crore in May 2021, compared to a decline of 24.3 per cent in May 2020.

It registered flat growth in first year premium in the first two months of the fiscal 2021-22 at ₹13,804.40 crore compared to ₹13,793.18 crore in the same period last fiscal.

Published on June 30, 2021

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