Sri Lanka’s Amana Takaful Life announces IPO of Rs75Mn

June 28, 2016 (LBO) – Amana Takaful Life Limited (ATLL), a fully-owned subsidiary of Amana Takaful PLC, has announced an Initial Public Offering (IPO), via an offer for sale of 75 million rupees.

ATLL becomes the first segregated life insurer in Sri Lanka to do so following the mandatory segregation of Life and General insurance companies on 1st February 2015.

Listing on the Diri Savi Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange, the company will offer 50 million ordinary voting shares at 1.50 rupees per share, which represents a 10 percent stake in the company. The issue will open on 21st July 2016 and the Prospectus will be available from 4th July 2016.

The minimum subscription has been set at 1,000 shares and multiples thereof. The Financial Advisor and Manager to the offering is Acuity Partners (Pvt) Limited and Amana Bank is the Banker to the issue.

The IPO is expected to provide further impetus to ATLL which has outperformed the industry for three consecutive years in terms of growth, the company said.

“This Initial Public Offering, while further strengthening the company, will offer an opportunity for members of the public to become part of Amana Takaful Life’s growth story,” ATLL Chairman, Tyeab Akbarally said.

“We see tremendous opportunity in the growth story of Sri Lanka,” ATLL CEO, Reyaz Jeffrey said.

“The market is relatively untapped and we see increased demand for Life insurance, stemming from key economic activity and infrastructure development. As we approach USD 4000 per capita income, there will be key segments that will actively seek life insurance as opposed to the current push strategy.”

ATLL has outperformed the industry, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31 percent over the last five years and recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of 928 million rupees in the financial year ending 31st December 2015.

Comparatively, the industry grew by 11 percent CAGR over the same period and 20 percent in 2015. Despite 2015 being the company’s first year of operations as an independent entity, and notwithstanding pressure from increased post-segregation costs and lower yields on investment income, ATLL recorded a profit of 18 million rupees.

ATLL plans to grow at 34 percent CAGR over the next five years, supported by strategic initiatives that include growing its Agency force and entering in to Bancassurance arrangements with Amana Bank –discussions regarding which are underway, the company said.

It also envisages strengthening its sales force by arming them with digital devices, which also doubles up to provide real time activity tracking and management information.

Amana Takaful Life has several industry firsts under its belt, which include ‘Deergayu’ and Prosper – Shariah compliant retirement and investment plans respectively.

Amana Takaful Life was spun off from Amana Takaful PLC as part of an industry wide regulatory directive and is the successor of Amana Takaful PLC’s life business portfolio. The company is a fully-owned subsidiary of Amana Takaful PLC.

ATLL operates via a branch network of nearly 30 branches that cover 22 districts, including all major cities. As part of its commitment to remain ‘open to all’, ATLL serves all communities and employs a multi-ethnic team across its network.