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August 23, 2007 (LBO) – Allianz Lanka Insurance Company, a unit of German insurance giant Allianz SE said premium income grew 34 percent to 246 million rupees in the six months to June. Its pre-tax profits for the period shot up 275 percent to 17.4 million rupees from 4.6 million in 2006, the firm said in a statement.

Over 50 percent of the company’s profit came from underwriting without investment income, the company said.

“We are proud to say that we are making pure underwriting profits and maintaining a combined ratio of less than 60 percent,” the statement quoted Allianz Lanka chief executive Surekha Alles as saying.

The combined ratio is the ratio of the loss, commission and expenses taken together, In general, many insurance companies have a much higher ratio than 60 percent – the lower the ratio, the better the indication of good management such as of expenses, a spokesperson said.

Allianz Lanka attributed its performance to the implementation of several core strategies and cost saving measures, as well as to selective underwriting.

“We are very interested in getting into new markets and in growing our top line,” said Alles.

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