Sri Lanka Ceylinco Insurance says life premium up 20-pct

Jan 06, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Ceylinco Insurance Company said premium income at its life division rose 20.37 percent to 7.4 billion rupees in the 12 months to November, 2008. Benefits paid out to policyholders exceeded two billion rupees in the first 11 months of 2008, while the company’s solvency margin remained at five times the margin stipulated by statute, the company said in a statement.

The company’s Life Fund which stood at 20.4 billion rupees as at September 30 had grown by 800 million rupees over the next two months to 21.2 billion rupees at the end of November 2008, Ceylinco Life chief executive Rajkumar Renganathan said.

“These are particularly noteworthy indicators, given the challenging market conditions that prevailed throughout the year just concluded.”

He said the benefits paid by the company during this period included maturity benefits, claims, surrender value settlements and bonuses.

“New business in the month of December 2008 alone clearly indicates that our momentum has not slowed and that public confidence remains as high as it ever was,” Renganathan said.

The strong growth of Ceylinco Insurance’s Life Fund reflects the “p